All things must end

 

This week I wanted to follow the theme of “Me”. As such I focused my assignments around various aspects or parts of my life. My first daily create coincides with this theme. I was asked what my favorite animal would look like. A red white and blue eagle would take the favorite cake. I have a strong love for the country I grew up in and that love is apart of who I am.

Along the lines of things related to me, my favorite quote. I choose a house of cards quote by Frank Underwood. I just love the overall message of the quote. You can do what you seek to accomplish. If the cards aren’t in your favor make them in to your favor.

My final daily create again tells a bit about me. The project was to create a symmetrical cactus. While that did not come out as amazing as I would have liked, it is related to me. I personally like gardening. I love to grow flowers, trees, and most especially cacti. The number of cacti I’ve had would blow your brains. So I took a picture of one of my cacti and tried my best to make it symmetrical

 

For my first assignment my dog was the star. I told a story with pictures from her perspective. I had a decent bit of fun with this assignment as well. Imagining what she would say if she could talked ended up being very funny.

A dogs perspective

My next assignment focused on a different aspect of my life, UMW. I wrote about move in day freshman year. As I had mentioned it wasn’t the happiest day of my life. I was very stressed and continued to be stressed for the first two weeks after move in. This assignment was admittedly not my favorite to complete. It brought up less than positive memories. I am however happy with the story I told.

From the North to West

My third assignment this week once more focuses on my dog. I promise despite all the assignments I have done this year, I am not obsessed with her. This time I took a selfie with my dog. My selfie skills were sub-par, to say the least, in the beginning of the year. However with various techniques for photography I learned I feel my skills have improved. I used this opportunity to more thoroughly introduce and talk about my dog, which I enjoyed.

Let me Take a selfie

My fourth assignment was another photo based assignment. I took made a collage out of five photos. I then discussed why these places made me feel comfortable. This was admittedly the most frustrating assignment I completed this week. This was due to me having issues formatting the pictures in to a collage. I ended up distorting the last picture to make a rectangle. Despite this issue I am proud of my work with the assignment.

A piece of Home

This project was among my favorite for the week due to the topic of it. For the assignment I created a company logo for B.J. who stars in the Wolfenstein game series. I enjoyed completing this assignment. Up until this point none of my assignments included my love of gaming in them. The week would be amiss if I did not make one reference to one of my favorite pastimes.

Wolfenstein’s Security

My sixth assignment of the week included another favorite activity of mine, listening to music. My favorite genre of music is alternative and my favorite band is Imagine dragons. With this assignment I picked my favorite song and then explained why it was my favorite. I choose the song Believer which is an up beat motivational song with great rock and pop elements tied in.

Believer

For my next assignment I recorded myself under the persona of a professor teaching ds106. This assignment tasked me with making a parody reflection of ds106. I, drawing on past experiences, made a parody cranky old teacher. This assessment was honestly very fun to create. I did however have a problem when I created this. Afterwards I could not stop yawning.

Ds106 Inner Reflections

For my final assignment of the year I decided to create my own. I created a slide show of a trip to Gettysburg that I went on. I enjoyed the trip a lot out of my huge love for history. Since none of the prior assignments included history I thought the last assignment would be a perfect spot to included it. This was also one of my favorite assignments to complete as I got to listen to some lovely civil war music. As well the assignment brought back happy memories with my family.

A trip to Remeber

This is the story of me. I love my dog with out a doubt. I admittedly had trouble adjusting to college when I moved in Freshman year. However moving in to Junior year I have gotten the swing of things. I enjoy gaming and it is one of my favorite hobbies to pass time. I am also a big fan of alternative music although I like many other genres as well. Last and not least I also enjoy history. If I could feasible have three majors I would major in history.  I feel that combining all these assignments together could give someone an idea of who I am as a person.

I will admit that I took this class to fulfill a gen ed. However I also have to say that I enjoyed it. I feel that I’ve learned many useful tips and tricks that I could apply to my marketing major. This semester we had to maintain a strong online presence. This is incredibly important with business in the present era. I also feel that I have learned a variety of new tricks and skills. I was increadibly worried about this class, not having much of artistic skill. I was worried about aduacity as well. However in the end I realize there was nothing to be worried about. I am proud of the work I have done here.

Last but not least, I have commented on the following blog post by my classmates. My last ones for this class.

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A trip to Remeber

For my final assignment I am doing this week I decided to create my own project. I tasked myself with creating a video of a place I have visited in the past. I have visited places from Disney to the beach to Gettysburg. So for this assignment I made a slide show of my pictures from Gettysburg.

I choose to do this for one major reason. I love history and my assignments so far have not emphasized that. So for my final assignment I wanted to make it all about history and my love for it.

To focus on my love for history I first uploaded pictures in to Windows Movie Maker. I added transitions to all the pictures and then added music to the clip. For the music I choose Battle Hymn of the Republic. I made this choice for two reasons. First, it’s a song from the civil war era and made sense to include in a clip of Gettysburg pictures. Second, I remember going to church and hearing the choir sing the song. I’ve always loved the song and its melody. It provided me with a sense of bliss when I was young, as it does now.

So this project fits in well with the overall theme of me. It focuses on my love for history while also incorporating an important part of my life, as well as nice memories. I believe this video clip to be my best video yet. That however may be due to personal bias and my love for history. Regardless I had a lot of fun creating it.

Ds106 Inner Reflections

This week I have undertaken the theme of assignments relating to “Me”. While this next project may seem of topic from this theme I would argue that it is still intertwined. My next assignment is a 2 1/2 star assignment to make a parody reflection on ds106. We were allowed to choose the perspective of the reflection as well so I choose to act as the ever wonderful, Professor Snoozeston P.H.D.

I will argue that this is still however tied in to my central theme. I have taken ds106 and the “Professor” is teaching ds106. I have also considered when I older, teaching law at a university. So in this way I believe this assignment fits in with the theme of the week.

While, I was tempted to make a parody featuring a disgruntled student taking this class to fulfill a gen ed; I could not resist the idea of making a monotone bring teacher. I have had plenty of experience with monotone teachers and so I drew on them for inspiration.

I am happy with my audio clip and wouldn’t change anything about it. Admittedly I now can’t stop yawning as a result of recording the clip. It must have brought back old memories. Regardless I am proud of the clip and I hope someone fill find it mildly amusing or ironically realistic.

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Believer

For my next assignment I am slightly altering an assignment that calls for us to pick our favorite song and explain in a recording why we like it. The assignment is worth 3 1/2 stars. The assignment is located here: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/what-a-song-might-mean-to-you/

The song that I chose is Imagine Dragon’s Believer.

I choose this song for a number of reasons. The first is that Alternative is one of, if not my favorite, music genre. On top of this imagine dragons is my favorite alternative band. In addition to this I like the beat of the song as well. The instrumentals with he quick rises and drops in volume help me love the songs music instead of just its lyrics.

While I do enjoy the music of the song the main reason I call this song my favorite is due to the lyrics. Immediately in the songs first verse I can empathize with the lyrics. Dan Reynolds declares that he is gonna say all the words inside his head and that he is fired up. I can share his feelings with this. I am personally very motivated to achieve my career goals and I admittedly like speaking my mind.

In the same verse Reynolds declares  “Don’t you tell me what you think that I can be, I’m the one at the sail I’m the master of my see”. This again strikes a chord with me. I have often been told by various family members what they think I should be doing with my life or that maybe I should change my focus. I however share the attitude of Reynolds that I can fulfill my goals.

Finally I also see his meaning where he says “Pain you made me a, you made me a believer, believer”. By this I see it as meaning that he uses failures and bad moments, as experience building. He says that it breaks him down, yet at the same time builds him up. I have myself had low points in my life. However you can use these low points as a way to improve yourself.

This assignment reminded me of analyzing a movie scene using Ebert’s rules. I enjoyed breaking down the song and explaining why I like it. I wouldn’t change anything about what I covered/didn’t cover. I am happy I found an audio assignment that I could relate back to myself.

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Wolfenstein’s Security

I have mentioned several times my love of games. For this next project, worth 3 1/2 stars, I was tasked with creating a company logo for any “character” of my choice. I choose to interpret this as any video game character. The assignment can be located here:  http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/branding/

I quickly came of with the idea to do a Wolfenstein based logo. In the world of Wolfenstein the Germans had technological breakthroughs which allowed them to ultimately conquer the world. You play as B.J. Blazkowicz, an American solider bent on destroying the Nazi Regime. Since B.J.’S main mission is to protect people I thought “Why not a business to protect against the Nazis”.

I scrolled to the security logo section on www.designmantic.com and found the German Eagle. I thought t would be nice and ironic to have a German Eagle being the companies symbol since the company would protect against Germans.

My next step was adding the name of the company to the design. I sought to continue to ironic streak with the name. While someone who does not know the context would think it’s a German-based security company. In actuality it is security against the German Reich.

My Final product can be seen below. I felt that the security company could help protect rebel governments as well as the average person and so decided to had the to images on either side.

This was an interesting project to complete and I am happy with its results. I was having trouble finding a design assignment that I could tie in with the general story of “Me” but by relating this to gaming I feel that i’ve tied it in rather well.

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A piece of Home

My next visual assignment was a two star assignment that called for me to create a collage of places where I am comfortable. The assignment can be located here: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/places-of-peace/

The collage has five pictures in it of various places I find comfort. The first picture is of me laying on my dog on her bed. In laying with my dog I feel a lot of comfort. She loves giving kisses and loves getting hugs. When my sister and I were young my parents would call for nurse casey to give us kisses.

My next picture to the right is a picture of my spot on our couch in the living room. Yes I have a spot. I like this spot mainly due to it being a very comfortable couch. Aswell it was my side of the couch where my sister got the other side. I often read or relax in this spot.

My next picture on the middle left is a picture of the chair I sit in when I am on my computer. being the chair that I sit in when ever i play games or go on the web it is intrinsically tied to happy memories. My fourth picture is a picture of my bed, where I sleep. The picture needs no further explanation why I find it comforting.

My final picture is a picture that was taken at my families beach house. I have always enjoyed the beech, swimming in particular. I just love being down there and relaxing. It is almost an escape from daily life troubles for me.

This assignment was honestly harder completing than the dog selfie assignment, despite its lower star value. I knew what pictures I wanted to use I just however, had an issue with creating a collage. In the end I put all the photos in paint and played around with them until they were fitted together. I then captured a picture of my screen to complete this collage. My only issue that I would change is how the beach picture became distorted in order for me to fit them together properly. If I could I would have changed this.

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Let me Take a selfie

For my first visual assignment of the week I tackled the ardous task of taking a selfie with my dog. This assignment is worth 2 1/2 stars and can be located here: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/selfie-with-your-pet/

The assignment did not give much direction other than creating a post with the selfie in it. So I shall take this opportunity to talk a bit about my dog. I have featured here several times, which is a bit of an understatement, during this class.

My dogs name is Casey and she is a 15yr old soft coated wheaten terrier. This type of dog is from Ireland much like my family. She has arthritis and had her good days and bad days. Although when I am home she is always much happier. When I moved in to school I mentioned that I was sad and nervous. Part of this was due to how much I miss her when I’m away.

She has gotten a bit slower in recent years. She has trouble hearing, seeing, and occasionally smelling. Despite this she loves going for walks and getting in a lot of smells. She loves laying back in laps, especially mine. She finds it particularly comforting when her arthritis is bothering her. Despite her getting old she is my dog and I will always love her.

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From the North to West

My next assignment is another writing assignment. The assignment calls for us to detail an account of our move in day freshman year. The assignment is two stars and is located here: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/i-like-to-move-it-move-it/

My move in day began a day early. I live in New Jersey and since my move in was in the morning I had to drive down a night early. Once we arrived in Fredricksburg we brought luggage in to the hotel located directly across the road from UMW. My entire immediate family had come with me. My mother, my sister who was about to go back to her own college in New York, and my father. In the morning around 10A.M. we left to hotel to head to Westmoreland.

I remember getting increasingly nervous about my move in. I was worried among other things that I would have less than desirable roommates. I was also incredibly worried about meeting new people. We had finally arrived and I met my roommate and one of my suit mates. My fears were calmed a bit at that point. We continued moving in and I eventually met my other suit mate.

We were near finished unloading everything after we went to Giant to get a few extra necessities. At this point my suit mates seemed to be gone as was my roommate. Alas we had finished unpacking and it was time for my family to go. My mother often cries over small things, whenever my sister comes home and then heads back to college my mother would cry. However she saw how worried and nervous I was and she held back her tears.

We had one big family hug before they finally said goodbye I felt a bit comforted. Soon after my roommate and suit mate had returned and we began to talk and hangout. While I was still nervous hanging out with these new people gave me a sense of relief.

I believe I did well telling a story with this assignment. While my first move in day was not the happiest I remember it very well. Looking back I almost feel silly about how worried I was. I believe I did a good job at detailing my experience.

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A dogs perspective

To kick of the week my first assignment is telling a story from a nonhuman perspective. I based my work off of the assignment located here which was worth three stars: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/nonhuman-perspectives/

mhhmmm that was a yummy breakfast and the water was nice and fresh too. Now I need to go to the bathroom let me see if my human will let me out.

Hello human I need to go potty can you please let me out. I’m a good girl, so you could give me some pets too.

Yay yay yay, I’m gonna get to go out and go potty. I hope some squirrels are out there. Why haven’t I been let out yet?

Yes freedom woooo, I love my yard. I am the master of my domain.

This was a very unique assignment that I feel I did well on. While the assignment was meant to be a writing assignment I instead sought to combine the writing with visuals. I wouldn’t change anything about my work and feel that it fulfills the assignment well and goes beyond it by including pictures.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

 

For my first daily create I was asked to post about what makes my heart sing. For this I posted a picture of Skyrim. Skyrim is by far my favorite game I’ve ever played and I felt it appropriate as the soundtrack of the game can make you quite literally want to sing.

Speaking of things that make your heart sing, for my second daily create I was asked to post my favorite food and describe how to cook it. This week did not have many options in terms of options. While I am happy with my daily creates they were not very fun to complete, especially compared to last weeks.

Dogs, a natural wonder

The first assignment this week asked me to create a video with my favorite dog pictures. I enjoyed this assignment quite a lot as it allowed me to look at pictures of my dog and call it home work. I am happy with my assignment I would however wished that I had used a more Irish themed song since my dog is Irish. Despite this I feel that I did well on this assignment and included cute dog pictures very well.

Game of Ebert

The second assignment in the week asked me to take a scene and analyze it based off of Roger Ebert’s essay. While this was not my favorite assignment, it was my most interesting one. I enjoyed dissecting one of my all time favorite shows and found it interesting how it fitted in well with Ebert’s rules. While I would still say that his rules are not steadfast and are broken, a lot, there is some merit to his words. While I was initially skeptical about his theory I am less so now.

Sir Humpty Dumpty and my Irish vacation.

Another video that I created asked me to show some place that I would like to take a vacation to. For this I choose Ireland. I have discussed many times in the past my Irish heritage. This is the major reason why I would like to visit Ireland. However I would also like to visit the country for its castles and other historical sites. I have also mentioned my love for things that are medieval, this plays a major role in me wanting to visit aswell.

I also enjoyed completing this assignment. I saw several amazing pictures of Ireland; with beautiful views and beautiful castles.  I also liked my experimentation with various special effects and transitions that I did not try in my first assignment.

Dogs, Grams, and Games

My final assignment of the week asked me to make a video that detailed who I am at heart. I was torn on trying to include all my favorite activities I instead narrowed it down to my love of my dog, grandmother, and gaming. I am very happy with my work on this assignment and the only thing I would have wished for is a way to incorporate all my interests.

I thought I did really well with this week in making my videos. I enjoyed using interesting transitions and effects to alter and spicen up my clips. I also feel that I did well with telling a story, this time combining visual and audio to work in tandem with each other. I also feel that I did well with commenting this week. I cemented on the following blogs: