Week 8 Summary

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First, for this week, I posted a response to the “Minuscule Stories” radio show.  This show was very interesting, and definitely an awesome, unique topic.

Radio Show Review

My favorite blogs done by fellow students are listed below.  First, I decided to look through some of my radio show group mate’s work, and I found a missing person design post, done by Daniel Valdez.  I liked this post because I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad, and I thought the design was interesting and unique.  Hank is indeed being a badass…

Another post that I really enjoyed was Kristin’s post about people’s opinions of socks.  I don’t know exactly why, but this post was particularly entertaining.

The final video I chose to add to my favorites list is a tutorial on how to use X-Ray Goggles to manipulate webpages.  I decided on this tutorial because it is directly relevant to what I will be doing next.

Best Posts by Classmates

After viewing the tutorial on how to use Mozilla’s X-ray Goggles, I edited twitch.tv’s directory page.

A Connor Driven Twitch

Next I put together a few images from Pinterest to describe what it would be like in my dream bedroom.  I like this project because I had actually never used Pinterest before, and there were a ton of cool pictures of what people have done with their bedrooms that inspires me to make my bedroom even cooler!

A Pinteresting Bedroom

Next, I used Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles to develop a story about a man that is lost inside a website.  It was fun to recreate the story using the hyperlinks and the layout of a website.  I didn’t know anything like these X-Ray Goggles existed until now, and it’s a really funny tool that you can use in hyperlinks to give someone a laugh ( or a scare).

Long Live Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Live Dave

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This is my final post of web week.  I used Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles to edit the UMW home page.  I decided to make the story of this page based on someone being stuck inside the webpage.  His name is Dave.  It took a while to edit in all the components of the story, but I love the outcome!

Find out how to help Dave

Hope you all find this entertaining!

A Pinteresting Bedroom

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I decided to to the web assignment of building my own dream bedroom using pictures from Pinterest.

I used five different kinds of bedroom designs as the premise for searching for pictures, and these are the ideas that I came up with.

This bed is amazing. I don’t know what that ring at the top of it is, but it’s probably awesome… I love the design and the black and white color of the sheets.  Also – a giant map right next to you? I would know the name of every country so fast!

It is essential to have a nice barebones table for your TV to sit on.  I love the wood pattern and the design of the wall behind the TV is also amazing. Why haven’t I been on pinterest more often?

Okay – This desktop setup is freaking awesome.  This is a must have.  If I ever have enough money I will definitely be investing in something like this to go in my room.  I’m literally stunned.

I like the minimalist ideas for bedroom and bathroom.  This doesn’t really go with the previous picture of that insane computer setup, but I really like the basic design of this bathroom.  One thing I might change is the pattern on the floor, though.

I like the idea of this sink, but if I had a bathroom in my bedroom I may not need it. So I’m going to go ahead and say that this isn’t a sink for hand washing, but that it’s actually an extravagant water fountain where I can fill up my water cup with ice cold, fresh water while I’m slaying enemies at my awesome video game setup.

Breakfast in bed.  ‘Nuff said.

 

A Connor Driven Twitch

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I used X-Ray Goggles by Mozilla to edit twitch.tv, one of my favorite websites where video game streamers have channels where you can view their gameplay! Below is the link to the website I edited

Twitch.tv

Check it out!

The editing was pretty simple, except one time when I was editing it, I accidentally clicked on a link that caused the page to change and I lost all my work, so that was fun! It was okay though because I just retyped everything easy peasy.

Best Posts by Classmates

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This post is designed to highlight what I feel are some of the best posts from DS106 classmates.

First, I found this blog post by Daniel Valdez that is a missing person report of Hank Schrader.  I loved Breaking Bad, so this might be why this is one of my favorite posts, but I also like the design of the post, and I love how it is highlighted that Hank was being a badass.  I saw some more of Daniel’s awesome work as well, like his daily create of the panorama image where you are in the picture in three different places.

Design Assignment 3 (4 stars)

Another of my favorite videos is this one on socks.

Critique of the video of the year: SOCKS

What is your opinion on socks anyways?

Who has an opinion on socks?

Well – Kristin answers these questions for us in her short video on socks… Not sure why… But she does.

Next, I will have to say my final favorite post is going to be this tutorial of using X-Ray Goggles to manipulate webpages.  This has to be my favorite post because in approximately three minutes I will be referring directly to it in order to download the X-Ray Goggles myself, and use them to complete my next assignment.f

How To Video (4.5 stars)

 

Radio Show Review

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After listening to the Minuscule Stories radio show, I thought it was a great idea for a radio show!  It’s pretty entertaining, and I love the premise of the a few word stories.  The flow of the radio show seems natural and calm, and I love the music in the background as well.  My favorite section is about the DJ’s perception of the story about the bottle.  The music here is perfect for the story, because it adds a sort of intensity to the meaning of the story.  It gets your heart racing, and keeps you hooked.

Compared to my group’s radio show, the Minuscule Stories show is more natural and personable.  The music used in almost every scenario is perfect for the theme of the story.  “For Sale: Baby Shoes Never Worn”. The commercials are interesting, and they differ from our group’s radio show because commercials in the Minuscule Stories show are based in reality.  The commercials created in our radio show were all fake commercials that were created to advertise a fake product, which I thought was interesting.

The stories of the third DJ are very peculiarly interesting.  There is a train heading towards nowhere, and people consumed by the internet. This DJ’s discussion of these stories is very interesting because she brings up an interesting perspective about the internet and some of the harmful ways in which people use the internet.

Overall – This was a very good radio show in my opinion.  It was very different from my group’s radio show, and unique.  It provides interesting points of view for these short stories, and keeps the listener interested with good form and music.

Week 12 Summary

During Week 12, it was my top priority to work on the completion of everything I had missed out on during the earlier parts of the semester.  I worked especially hard on audio creation for week 4, and the remixes and mashups of week 11.  I did spend a little time thinking about the final project, and I came up with the idea to do a help session for people that were struggling in college, since I was in that position myself.

I made a lot of progress on the audio and mashup assignments though, by doing several audio editing assignments found here.

Week 4 Summary

Here is the summary of my mashups and remixes, which were a lot of fun to create, although the work required grueling hours in the Convergence Center.

 

Week 11 Summary

Week 4 Summary

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For the Audio Story, I decided to create a story of a person parking at home, putting some things down on the counter, feeding his dog, and sitting down to relax and watch some TV.  I really like the finished product.  The noises were taken from freesound.org and produced using Audacity.

Audio Story

This was a cover of the song “Say Something”, I enjoyed creating this production because I was surprised how well the two songs sounded together.  I didn’t think you would be able to hear each voice so distinctly, and the project was pretty gratifying because it actually sounds really good!

Say Something, I’m Giving Up On You

I created an audio remix of “Rap God” by Eminem, where I edited his voice using Audacity to make some verses higher pitch and some verses lower pitch.  It produced a pretty funny outcome, and I had a lot of fun deciding where to change the pitch of the audio.

Rap God Remix

This remixed video of Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” was very fun to create, because I used videos from different songs to create the video and make it flow like it was the original music video.  It was probably my favorite assignment from this semester, and I think it turned out really, really well!

Music Video Remix

I also recorded a Radio Bumper using audacity.  I had originally recorded a bumper very similar to this one for the radio show project, but something happened to the source file and I was unable to retrieve it, so I just recorded another one.

Radio Bumper

 

 

 

Radio Bumper

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I created this radio bumper using Audacity, and recorded my voice using a Mac in the ITCC.  It was relatively easy to create, since it was only about 30 seconds.  I used the pitch changer to make my voice deeper, and I found sci-fi ambience using freesound.org.

I had originally made a radio bumper for the Radio Show project, but my file was corrupted so I was forced to make another one for this post.

Enjoy!

Wellness Center Final Project

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When you come to college, what do you expect? Is it the most freedom you’ve ever experienced in your life? Is it the responsibility, that everything is on you now? That you can do, think, be, as you please?  When I came to college, this was my expectation.  My experience has been nothing short of amazing, and I am a senior now, planning to graduate in one week.  One thing I never expected though, coming into college, was that I would try my hardest to avoid work at all costs.  I would stay away from obligations, stay away from deadlines, and try my hardest to save everything for the later.  After all, isn’t the now what’s most important? Well, the “most important” thing I learned from this experience was that the “now” is extremely important! But you know what, even more important that that is using the current NOW to make your later NOW even better!  If I had thought about this much throughout the semester, and my experience at college, I would have found myself struggling much less, and I’m sure I would have been much happier overall.  So – for anyone that is stressing over their future, just remember… Do things in the now to make your future now even better!

This writing is the basis for my current final project.  I decided to do use a Wellness Center as the theme, since I seemed to have needed something like this during my experience here.  I know one thing for sure – I needed to have done something differently.

This project was particularly ironic because it is a set of media designed towards encouraging students to seek help in academics through discussion about motivation and time management.  The irony is that I actually did the opposite of managing my time well throughout this class.  In fact, I stacked all work at the end of the class, causing me to barely be able to pass, which I deeply regret.

I am a psychology major, so this project has a bit to do with my major, and this is the first time that I have actually been punished effectively by procrastinating, which was my inspiration for creating this video.  Previously in college, procrastination hasn’t negatively affected my experience.  I did not expect to have this much work to do in any class, and I certainly didn’t plan on managing my time effectively throughout the semester.

Completing an entire semester’s worth of work has taken a toll on my attitude towards work in general, and I know that if I had managed my time better previously in the semester I would be feeling much better about the results as this semester comes to an end.

I completed a few ads for my final project using Audacity.  The premise of these ads is to attract students to the Wellness Center to talk about their experience in college, learn how to stay on top of their work, and get help staying motivated to get good grades and do well in school.

Both ads are done using audacity, and the different characters are recorded by me; I used the pitch changer to make them sound different. Music in the first ad is a violin cover of 7 years by Lukas Graham, done by Daniel Jang.  I chose this music because it fits with a soothing mood, and doesn’t rely on lyrics to convey a message.

The next ad is similar, and this one uses accounts from students that have come to the Wellness Center, and a professional counselor at the Wellness Center, speaking on the center’s behalf.  The music for this ad came from a piano playlist on youtube.

A couple flyers were created using Adobe Photoshop as an ad designed to attract students to attend a session at the Wellness Center.  I found the pictures used using google, and decided on this tree logo because I thought it was a good representative symbol of overall wellness, and health.  I did some major experimenting with text editing, where I used a bevel on the text, and I think it looks really good!

 

Below is a commercial video for the Wellness Center.  I used Final Cut Pro to edit the video’s production.  This was actually the first time I had used Final Cut Pro.  Previously I had been creating simpler videos using iMovie, but I ran into an issue where I needed to align two videos together to give the illusion that I was talking to another person (that was also myself).  I needed to use Final Cut Pro because it allows the user to crop and position video more freely than iMovie does.

The premise of the video is a Wellness Center ad about counseling services provided to students who are struggling with their classes.  I learned a lot more about video editing through this project than I did with many of the other individual video assignments.  I pushed myself to experiment with text bubbles and inserting smaller videos within the main video, and overall it was a great experience learning Final Cut Pro, and the methods of video editing.

The media in this video consisted of music, and a couple of videos.  The music was “Good Riddance” by Greenday, and “Knights of Shame” by AWOLNATION.  The first video I embedded was from a League of Legends game, where Wildturtle got a Pentakill.  I thought this embedded video would provide good contrast to the seriousness of the video, because it represents the interviewee’s previous state, where he was distracted by thinking about video games, to the current state, where he stays on top of his work and knows how to manage his time effectively to get well deserved grades.  At the end of the video, I provided a short clip from the movie “Anger Management”, I thought the song “I feel pretty” from this movie was a good representation of the message I was trying to convey through this video.

Enjoy!