Decade Radio

February 24, 2011

Welcome to the Decades Radio.  Our broadcast will take you back in time to the 1940s, 1970s, the 2000s and then into the future 2030s.  What better way to recall all the important celebrity gossip, world news, hit songs and entertainment reviews then through a witty banter by college students?

For an exclusive preview of the 2000s listen here:

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Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for the complete edition of Decades Radio! (Compiled by Jessica Masulli, Megan McMillan, and Stephanie Lefferts)


To create the above clip, we first organized the order of the show and wrote a script in Google Docs. This allowed us to all add and edit on our own time. Then we started compiling each section in Audacity.  Originally we tried creating our own mash-up of top songs from the 2000s.  (Including songs like Hey Ya by Outkast; Gold Digger by Kanya West; Umbrella by Rihanna; and Soulja Boi.)  Even using other songs, we spent hours discovering just how difficult it is to create a decent mash-up.   It is frustrating trying to match beats from different genres. We had to settle for an awesome Sweet Home Alabama mash-up already made by MTV. (Listen to the full song!)  Our second mash-up is from a popular TV show and Rap artist….(Check out the complete remix – after listening to our show first, of course!) Each of us recorded one of the speaking sections and we even got our roommate to call in as “Britney Spears.”  We each chose a favorite movie to review.  Can you guess whose is whose?  Our commercial choice was purely by chance.  In throwing out ideas, we got from Sham-Wows to the Slap Chop to Vince Offer (more commonly known as the ShamWow Guy!) to Snuggies to Snuggies for animals.  And hey, why not have a snuggie for man’s best friend?  Yes that’s right, we are encouraging you to purchase a snuggie for you dog….did we sell you on it?!

We will be creating 3 more segments for the final 30 minute show.  The remaining decades will have similar formats but are easily open to creative changes as we research the decades.  You may be asking, where will our research come from for the 2030’s radio?  Watch out, because anything’s possible in the future!

image link here.


How to Choose

February 18, 2011

I can’t believe how quickly this semester has gone by.  Google Reader, while extremely helpful, has been at times overwhelming to log in and see a few hundred unread posts….and it’ll have only been a day since the last time I looked.  But it is fascinating to see what everyone has been creating.  This class is so wonderfully dynamic that its hard to pick out favorites….but since I have to….here are a few that I’ve really enjoyed.

Tim Owen’s The Big Hip Hop is one of my favorite design assignments.  I love overlaying images with lyrics or quotes and creating a new meaning out of either the image, lyrics, or both.  Megan McMillan did this assignment early on in the class, (view here!!) which I greatly appreciated because, since we live together, I understand the dedication to our “upstairs neighbors” singing of Katy Perry.  I’ve often wondered though if one of those “neighbors” has seen the post because the singing seems to have stopped since then. oops?

I thought Jessica Masulli’s 3 Frames story was clever because she didn’t tell us the details of what was happening so that people had to opportunity to guess themselves.  And the images were great!

Callean’s visual assignment of creating a story using the song titles in your itunes/media player is very fun because music is something we tend to listen to everyday.  This gives us a chance to really notice what we’ve got in our music players.  (And how many songs have the same title). I love reading how people have mixed them all together. (You should read them too!!!

I was also very impressed by many of the daily shoot photographs. It was cool to have a theme that everyone had to follow because it really highlights people’s different point of views.  And although this person doesn’t attend UMW, his photograph for Daily Shoot #444 – pretend you’re a stringer and take a picture of something newsworthy – I thought was excellent.  The man in the image has a lot of character and I was impressed that the photographer got a direct shot of a person because it is often intimidating to ask a stranger to randomly take a picture of them, let alone have then agree enthusiastically. (View image on Flickr).

Keep up the amazing work ds106ers!!!!

As for my own work, I really enjoyed the daily shoot.  It gave me an excuse to carry my camera around everywhere and enjoyed people’s inquisitive looks as I hunted for the perfect image.  My favorite though was the Hershey Kisses!  I also, as I mentioned above, loved creating my own “The Big Hip Hop” image.  I discovered it was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. (Check it out!!!!)  Finally, I had fun recording my 10 Things I Hate About ds106.  Although, I’m not a good rhymer, in fact, I dislike trying to write poetry immensely, but it was fun to try to think of words that I thought represented the classes.

10 Things I Hate About ds106

February 17, 2011

The ds106 “Bitch and Design” discussion via radio was quite interesting.  And while I voiced my complaint, I thought I’d go a little more in depth with my own version of “10 Things I Hate About You.”  I recorded it using Audacity – click on the link (twice) to listen!!!   10 Things I Hate About ds106 poem

New Release!

February 14, 2011

The newly titled “Enough to Know Better” by the jazz group Ectosinum hits stores this Tuesday!  Look for it wherever CDs are sold.

I enjoyed working on creating an album cover by following the different links.  The randomness really adds to the creativity.  An Ectosinum by the way, “is a genus of predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Naticidae, the moon snails.”  Didn’t realize snails would be considered “predatory” creatures.  Only thing I struggled with was that every image I looked at in the “Explore/Interestingness/7 days” was All Rights Reserved.  Did anyone else run into this problem???  (View original picture here).  My quote was from an anonymous source and reads “Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees it is old enough to know better.”

When working on this assignment by Tim Owens, I was surprised by the images at the Big Picture.  From the examples I looked at, everyone seemed to achieve an element of humor.  Unfortunately for me, I had trouble adding that bit of humor because I was so appalled by some of the situations.  (Attempt number 2 will be to add humor!)

(Image: “Leao” sits next to the grave of her owner“)

(Lyrics: Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine)

a tale from flickr pictures

February 14, 2011

Five Card Story: A Valentines Day Tale

a ds106 story created by Stephanie Lefferts

flickr photo by ravnclaw89

flickr photo by paulhami

flickr photo by edtechie99

flickr photo by jamabay

flickr photo by paulhami

It all started with a bouquet of beautiful red roses. My boy picked them on the way to school from a neighbors’ farm…and avoided upsetting any of the animals this time. My boy and I skipped out of school for a valentines day date of cookies and coffee followed by some bowling. I had my favorite colored lime green bowling ball. At the end of the day we snuck into the back of the school bus to catch a ride home, pretending we’d never missed a thing!

To create your own story or to read others go here!!!

Five Card Flickr

Creating an Assignment

February 10, 2011

Go to the “Design” option in Submitting an Assignment on ds106 to see my new idea .  Or continue reading here….

It is called “On this day”.  Description:  Create your own Google-esque image of either your first or last name.  Use the Google colors for your letters.  To pick your topic search “on this day in history” using your birthday (month and day only).  Be sure to say what the event is beneath your creation!

This is what I came up with:

I created this all in a Microsoft word document using Word Art and Text boxes.  I then took a screen shot and saved it as an image file using Paint.  Photoshop is useful depending on how technical you want to get, but it’s not necessary.  While looking for images, I discovered that Google has created many a Sesame Street Themed logo.  One blogger has complied them all into one site which can be viewed here.

Hope you have fun reading about what happened on your birthday throughout the years and can’t wait to see what you design!