Tales of a Stink Bug

May 28, 2011

My last run in with ds106 took place over dead week when I participated in Sarah’s Rainbow Bright shoot!!! Graduation itself was a beautiful day! Not too hot and it went by much faster than sitting at my older sister’s had. The speaker Congressman John Lewis was great. I’m very proud of UMW for putting together the semester long celebration of the Freedom Rides.  It was also wonderful to be able to walk with all my roommates and friends (instead of having a conflicting rowing regatta to be racing at.)But I hardly forgot about my Rowing career…. We were only told AFTER we’d already puffy painted the mortar boards that we were not allowed to put anything on top….such rebels. Surprisingly, only one other person had decorated theirs and it said “Thanks Mom and Dad.”

My family flew in from Florida for the ceremony (minus my older sister who lives in Mexico…xoxo).  And some great family friends came down from Pennsylvania! We had some fun with our various hats…And after all that excitement, I headed north to PA to live with my 90 year old grandma! The majority of my time thus far has been spent in the great city of Philadelphia or in a library where I take as much advantage as I can of the (slow) wireless connection to do my job search and the (freezing) air conditioning [neither of which my grandma has any use for!]  I’ve been hearing for years that now is the worst time to be graduating and trying to find a job.  And although there are retail jobs available, I just can’t bring myself to sign the application for the local Dunkin’ Donuts.  Although after only a week here and finding myself becoming preoccupied with a stink bug that just wouldn’t leave my room, I realized that maybe I shouldn’t be too picky.  [While I have not applied at the local dunkin’ donuts, I am considering more retail positions in Philadelphia where maybe I’ll at least find some entertainment as well!]  But as for my Bachelor’s degree in History, I haven’t found anything yet where that can be put to use. [Know anyone hiring?!] Instead, I’m focusing on my passion of rowing to find an assistant coaching position for this fall. [A few successful phone interviews so far and more lined up!] Stay tuned!

infographic

April 29, 2011

ds106 fo' life

April 25, 2011

Dear future ds106ers,

Have you ever been in that relationship that is hot one second and cold the next. Yes, than no. In, than out? Okay, if you didn’t get the Katy Perry reference watch the music video.  Anyway, ds106 will take you for a ride from the very start where you learn how to purchase you’re own domain name and web hosting site.  Once you get over the frustrating password particulars, you’ll have learned that it is fairly easy for people to create their own websites.  Don’t be fooled by it being only a “100” level class.  It is a lot of work, but an excellent change to the typical reading/writing/tests from other classes. (Yes, that’s right, there are no tests.) BUT, you got to complete the assignments.

One of the best projects is the dailyshoot assignment.  Each day you receive a new assignment and it is an excellent challenge to snap that photo.  If you want to see some great works and examples, check out Cali4beach’s Flickr.  DandelionThis blondie has created an entire Rainbow Bright series that got started because of the daily shoot challenge. It’s awesome! (Along with everything else like this dandelion photo!)

 

Another amazing benefit from this class, is following everyone else’s work.  Google Reader is the best thing invented for following people’s blogs, news feeds, etc, all in one place.  Peoples creativity is incredible.  And sometimes it’s not even the basic assignments being created but things found on the internet that are then shared/linked to from a classmates blog….you really see the effect of media in how ideas are spread.  The speed is also unbelievable.  Twitter, which you must use for this class, is something I never enjoyed using the entire semester.  And while I understand some of the benefits, I still do not have any interest in “checking people’s tweets” to see what’s happening. Maybe someday if I get one of those fancy iphones Twitter will become an ‘on-the-go’ boredom check.  Anyway, Twitter was incredible useful when I was working on some projects, had some ideas, but was lacking the movie to do it.  So I sent out a tweet and less than an hour later Martha Burtis came to the rescue saying she had a copy of the movie and would get it right to me!

 

Don’t worry if you nervous about working with video, audio, or other mediums that you may have never explored.  This class, while challenging, is suited to all skill levels.  Chances are, once you finish this class, you’ll have found something that you’ll want to continuing doing in your free time. Whether it’s creating mash-ups, staring on ds106 radio, just following other people’s blogs, or creating your own work and sharing it, ds106 teaches you the means to get comfortable using the internet for more than just  research papers and email.    4 stars, Highly recommended!

don't go there

April 25, 2011

Dear Glee,

your themed episodes featuring Britney Spears and Lady Gaga have been interesting endeavors. Please never try to invade the movies.

Sincerely,
Good Television

 

Glee Image 1, Glee Image 2, Pirates of the Caribbean Image.

Hello world!

April 21, 2011

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can alway preview any post or edit you before you share it to the world.

daily commute mashup

April 14, 2011

Originally when I thought about what I wanted to do for my mashup, I figured it would be something with pictures and photoshop.  However, I was having trouble doing something I liked. I created some creepy mix of aladdin and jasmine as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (the movie).  After watching some of the examples of videos with music mashed up, I realized that a movie mashup would not be as difficult as I was expecting.  The in-class group assignment also helped me realize that video and audio are a lot more easily compatible than I was expecting.  I got the idea for mixing Brian Regan’s comedy skit and the intro to the movie Office Space (obtained through Martha Burtis’s help!!! thanks!) because I had recently been traveling back from Philadelphia and got stuck in some traffic which made me think of the movie.  I know a mashup is supposed to be, usually, 2 things that you wouldn’t normally think are compatible but the mashup makes you view them in a different way that works.  And whereas the audio from this particular comedy skit isn’t too far fetched from the scene in the film, it gives a slightly different context to the film. (Very different than the ‘gangster’ music playing).  I hope you enjoy!

(image link here)

 

I took this picture on a hike on Mt. Rainier in Washington.  We were on a section of the mountain that looks like it could be the face of the moon; completely barren and covered in rocks.  This was in stark contrast to the flowery meadows that we had been hiking through the day before.  When we happened to stop for lunch, I looked down and here was this simple flower growing out among the rocks.  I loved the way the picture frames the delicate violet petals.

Image: Flower on Mt. Rainier; Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

HELP – LOST CAMERA!

April 4, 2011

Hello fellow UMW students,

I left my digital camera sitting on a bench in front of Trinkle this morning. (Yes, stupid me). I’ve looked everywhere and asked the police if anyone has turned it in yet. (No luck). That’s why I’m asking you to ask your friends or if you hear of someone talking about finding a camera, please please please let me know. call me, comment on this blog post, or turn it into the campus police!

It is in a worn black case and is a Nikon Coolpix s8000

Ever After

April 2, 2011

 

For my commentary video I chose the film Ever After staring Drew Barrymore. This is definitely one of my favorite films, for one reason because of the intelligent and passionate language.  I was happy to find that the movie was available on YouTube since I, surprisingly, do not own a copy myself.  However, after I had downloaded it and opened it in iMovie, I discovered that the quality is really crappy.  Luckily, I was working in the Mac Lab on campus and Jim Groom was helping a few of us PC users figure out the controls of a Mac, who came to the rescue by contacting someone in the school library to find out that the school owned a copy and would bring it up in 15minutes. Score!  We used MacTheRipper to Rip the DVD to the computer which only took about 20minutes.  After that finished, I had to find the.VOB files that actually contained the movie.  Then I used the MPEG Streamclip thing called Squared 5 which allows you to cut up clips as much as you want.  I found it really easy to use.  I also had never used iMovie before.  But after playing around with it some, I really got the hang of it. It took me however, about 4 straight hours to cut up all the clips I wanted, import them into iMovie and edit them and put transitions in.  The next few days I thought about the story I really wanted to tell and flushed it out.  Doing video commentary to tell a story is a lot harder than I had imagined.  Various commentaries that I have listened to of some great movies, like Pirates of the Caribbean staring Johnny Depp or even She’s the Man staring Amanda Bynes, provide a fascinating insight about how the movie was made or personal experiences during a scene.  Having neither of those capabilities to bring to my commentary, I decided to talk about what I enjoy about the film and why I think it makes a great movie.  I hope you enjoy watching what I’ve put together and then afterwords will want to watch the movie Ever After in its entirety.

 

Gmail Motion

April 2, 2011

Technology of the future…..!


 

What do you think about this quote?

Technology Is Not Technology
(photo by lgb06 on flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(……April Fools.)