Final

I  guess this is it, the last post for ds106. I feel that I have been tremendously blessed to have taken this class and blessed with such knowledge for the future.

 

This week the “Gif” was pretty challenging because I had forgotten most of the steps that it takes to create one. I had assistance from the Digital Knowledge Center, and was pleased that I didn’t have to drive all the way to campus to get help. All I did was call the Hurley Convergence Center number which is 540-654-1150 and asked to be transferred to the Digital Knowledge Center. Being able to have access to the Digital Knowledge Center has made a huge difference for me actually passing or failing the class. The tutors are world class!  When I went to them for the first time my head was spinning and everything was confusing.  The tutor I worked with was calm and clear headed and seemed to have knowledge of the assignments. He explained clearly and spurred my confidence that I would surely make it through the class.

In this class I learned a lot about myself.  I can actually follow directions for a project. Most of the time I just need to have enough patience with myself and the project. I discovered that there are multiple types of media that I can use, I should’t limit myself to one hosting site or just one program to record. Having so many options can lead to better pieces of art or media, where one program lacks another program may fill in.  Also, learning to “Read” movies in detail seemed like a good take away because now I have a full understanding what to look for in videos and how to control views, emotions and create symbolism for a perfect touch. If I have to create a video for school or just for fun I understand how to get the best results so my cinematography displays the knowledge and understanding that I have learned in this class. From my perspective, the more I study (of Digital learning ) the better I will be. Not all art is perfect and a great example is when (not to long ago) I created  a radio bumper. (see below for Assignment Create A Ds106 Radio Bumper)

I thought it was one of my most horrible creations, but Tyler Gimple replied: Interesting radio bumper. The attention to detail used in this bumper is impressive. Good work for working at it for 2+ hours!  I am convinced I can walk away and rest assured that I have increased my skill sets from this class. I wish I could have had the opportunity ( time wise) to take the 16 week class.

 

 

 

 

You summary page should be a link to your tutorials and to your final story and a reflections on everything you learned this semester.

FlyDolphin

Buddy the dolphin was a lovable and dependable dolphin who lived off the coast of California. He was loved by many and at one point he was at the top of the food chain (if you know what I mean).  He was more intelligent then any other dolphin in his pod. He spent his days reading and letting his mind be stimulated but the local masters (the coral reef). His favorite spot was on the beach under a dock, he would go there some days and think of all the adventures he could have. One day while sun bathing he came upon a flyer that had  rolled off the dock it read:

Space camp poster

The  summer camp looked awesome but he wanted a adventure that he would never forget. Little did he know his great big adventure was just around the corner. The very next day when he returned to his favorite spot under the pier he heard a strange conversation coming from a large object.

 

what was a flydolphin and where could it found ? could this be the ultimate adventure ? Buddy decided to discuss it with his fellow pod members. No matter what Buddy said his pod members seemed to discourage him from taking leave to find this mysterious animal. So  one early morning buddy decided to sneak of with his knapsack. But first he made a midnight run to petco (so he coud have snaksfor somethings for his knapsack). As he existed he notice that Pet co had updated there sign

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This sign was not as appealing as it once was at lest that’s what Buddy thought. From Petco he decided it was about time to start his journey.Buddy swam, and swam for hours, after a hours he became discouraged, so he swam and found a shady place to rest. Suddenly, he saw a rectangle-ish white thing floating on top of the water. It was a missing Dolphin poster it had a picture of the mysterious flydolphin on it is that what it looked like?

WANTED

Buddy looked up at the sky:

the clouds where coming in dark and  gloomy he had to find this flydolphin soon. As he continue on his journey something caught his eye. He turned his head and to his great surprise it was a Flydolphin.  He takes a snapshot of it with his pencil camera  and tried to hurry back to his pod as fast as he could. The storm did eventually catch up with him, just as he was catching up to his pod. As he approached he could see that his pod was frantic.When he did finally caught up then to them  they became calm once again. After the storm Buddy got to tell about his exciting adventure, and how it lead him to be the first mammal to discover a rare mammal. Buddy even drew them a map of his adventures. This adventure proved to Buddy that you don’t have to go away to a camp to find an adventure, but there is always adventure in you own back yard. Also, experience gave Buddy the courage to continue his exploration , and encourage him to continue to be curious about the world around him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafty font ?

This is not a trick or a treat its just font Last Visual Assignment for the semester. It one of my favorite Assignments its “What A Crappy Font Will Do” (4 stars).

I really like this idea what fonts can do to the meaning of a sign or even a label. For this exercise I used “Petco” as an example of what a crappy font can do.

1. I googled “Petco” and I made sure I was on the “Image” tab

2. I then took clicked on the image and then took a snap shot of it

3. After that I then opened the image on my desktop and uploaded to iphoto so I could crop it.

4. After cropping it I clicked on my microsoft  word document app at the bottom of my screen top open it. I then dragged the picture that was in iphoto into the word document. I then used different fonts .

I am continually impressed with font because fonts are every where in our society. The are one of the icons we look at to show us direction, if these fonts are not correctly placed and at the right font the message is lost.

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WANTED…

I definitely feel like I am  wanted …not in a good way either

I am so glad this is my next to last assignment. It is from the Design Assignments, Missing Person assignment (4 stars). This took more time then I thought it would my biggest hold up was trying to find how to convert a “pdf” to a “jpg”. To start the project I had to create the “Flydolphin” picture then I created the poster (so essentially this project was  two parts.

Part 1

  1.  The first step I did was google a “Dolphin” photo and downloaded it to my computer  also googled “Fish fins” and downloaded a picture of “fins” to my computer
  2. I then opened I photo and uploaded the “Dolphin” picture and the “Fish” picture and cropped them.
  3. I moved the cropped version of the pictures to my desktop so I could access them.
  4. I opened photoflexer and uploaded the Dolphin picture by pressing “Upload”
  5.   I then uploaded the picture of the “Fish” by using the following steps “Load another photo>  Upload>open”
  6. Once the “Fish” was uploaded I went through the process of cropping it for its wings. I did this by the following steps pressing Gleek>Smart Cut then I followed the prompt. It asked the user to color in the place that the user wanted to keep. Then it asked the user to color in the places that the user did not want to keep. Then after that the user pressed “okay” if they were satisfied. I adjusted the wings and then saved the image to my computer.

Part 2

1. I then opened Microsoft word  by clicking on the icon (at the bottom of my screen). I then selected a “Blank” sheet.

2.  I then typed the following ” WANTED “Fly Dolphin”….Last Seen: 03/27/1996   Species: Mammals   Height: 6’ 6”   Weight: N/A  ….If Spotted Please Call “The Natural Wild Life Society”540-780-9990 USE CAUTION WHEN APPROACHING THIS ANIMAL MAY BE DANGEROUS.

3. I first saved it as a “docx” extension  then as a “Pdf” then I remembered it could only be a “jpg” file so I had to open gimp and save it as “jpg” extension.

Weather..weather every where

Another pain staking attempt to prove to myself that I am a “GIF” master. It is really proper that I did this assignment because it is currently raining. This assignment GIF The Weather, Man!!

(4 stars)I almost gave up on but I continued to persevered. There is not a lot of pictures this time because I had a hard time remembering and doing this project as it is. These four star projects are definitely keeping on my feet.I used this project to add on to my story about an dolphin having an adventure searching for a rare animal.

  1. So I started this project by first selecting a youtube video that had weather in it. looking was really hard because “weather”  and “storm” are in so many song titles. I think the phrase the worked the best was “Video of storm’s” (I am not even sure how I managed to find the perfect Youtube video)

This is the one I selected to use from Youtube:


2.I then proceeded to download the video to my computer. I had to go though the process by first putting the “pwn” in front of the   “http://www.” and the “youtube.com” in the address at the top of the webpage(I had to call the tutoring center because I had forgotten the three letter word). I decided to favorite the website http://deturl.com/  (that is the website the phrase “pwn” leads to) so I could use it afterwards if I wanted to. Finding the proper link that would download properly was a challenge. I finally found one and downloaded it to my computer.

3. The next step was to convert the downloaded file to an actual Gif. I used the website http://ezgif.com/ to convert it. I tried immediately to uploaded going to the website “http://ezgif.com/” the clicking on the “Video to Gif” tab. When you get there you have then select the “video”and then press “upload”.

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The first time I got an error message saying “Image is to large” (it is then I realized I had to make the video a little more compact).

4. I opened imove so I could edit the video, I dropped the video into imovie instead of uploading it by searching for files. When the movie was fully loaded a selected the slides I wanted to delete and pressed  “Delete” on my keyboard. (I had to repeat steps 3 and 4 a couple of times until I got the right length)

5. After the video was converted I uploaded it to Imgur.

How come it always sounds so easy on paper, I think this was the hardest GIF so far. I think that it was also harder for me because I had not gone through the process of making one and I had forgotten what I was taught. I am really glad thought that I booked marked the websites “http://ezgif.com/” and “http://deturl.com/” so I can speed up the process a little more next time.

 

I can hear the beats….

For todays audio assignment (4 stars)I created a commercial for the radio. I created this for my final assignment. So far created 5 (4 star) assignments is pretty rough, but I have managed to weave a better story because of it.

To start this project  by going to  Freesound and searching using the word “Beats”. I was looking for a beat just to be my voice to so it would really sound like a commercial. When I got to the web page with the beats on it I listened to a few but picked the best one off that page. I then downloaded the beat to my computer.

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Then I opened the application Audacity (as you can see I have been working very hard on taking pictures of the steps I go though for previous projects)

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To get the sound imported to Audacity I went through the process of open> then searching for the file to upload it to Audacity.

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As soon as I hit the open button it was imported to the application. After that beat was imported i started the process of adding my voice. In this application to record a voice all you have to do is press record so I did that. I then figured out that it was probably better if I planed out what I had to say. So, on an envelope I first wrote “Come share in an adventure of a life time as we discover under the sea creatures of habit new discoveries such as the fly-dolphin and other rare mammals all at the Baltimore Aquarium for more info call 582-88-9234. I then tired again to record my voice so that it would end by the end of the beat but it did’t work, I tired just trying to speed up my talking that did’t work either. I was forced then to shorten what I was saying  I took out useless phrases like “Come Share”  and “of habit” I then added “Come have a” to the beginning. This actually worked better even though I still had to say it quickly. Finally, it worked and I was able to move on to the next step of saving the file and uploading it up to sound cloud. Saving the project was easy I went to the drop do File>Save As and then used the prompt.

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After saving it to my computer I uploaded to Sound Cloud. I then found out that I had the wrong file extension because I had trouble uploading it so I pulled the Audacity program back up and the I pressed file>Export  and exported it to a mp3. Then I repeated the upload process on Sound Cloud

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This project really does’t hold any meaning really. It belongs to my story about a flydolphin, the only thoughts about this is that I probably need to be more careful about the mistakes I make. Mistakes can cost time which is precious especially when your trying to get a project done on time.

 

Creating Camp Poster

I this visual assignment Creating Camp Posters  (4 stars) I learned how to take poster making to the next level. This poster is special because I am created for my story. First I googled “space” pictures using google.

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I then took a screenshot and of the image, and opened it into iphoto so I could crop it.

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After cropping it ,

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I opened up “Gimp” so I can edit and put the font on the poster. The end result was this stunning picture. This picture is going to be for my story buddy the dolphin fines a flyer at the dock one day and he decides that he really wants a great adventure that is unordinary.

Space camp poster

Were Half Way There

I can’t believe it!! us students are already almost finished Great job you guys!!

This week again was really challenging but there was times that it was fun too!! I think I did are really good job this week on completing the assignments I guess once you get the hang of thing homework becomes no big deal. This week we learned about “Movies” (video), I think this is  the week that I have learned more then in any other week. I started this week off by reading and analyzing an article it was about Roger Ebert’s . When I read it then I really did’t understand what the article was talking about (which I did’t like) but as the week wore on there where several other students talking about it so I gained a better Idea of what the article was talking about. Basically, it was just making a comment on some principles that he (Roger Ebert) had found while doing moving studies. Most of his ideas dealt with the positioning of the character and what that meant to people watching. I think this was the driest part of our lesson for this week. After writing a summery about that article I got to pick three videos to watch about movie “perspective”. I picked 3 but really only liked two of them, Tarantino :From Below and Kubrick : One-Point Perspective (See videos Below)

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

 

These video’s were very powerful in there presentation, it was presented in such a way as to make the watcher understand the importance of these perspectives and the powerfulness in them. Continuing on I enjoyed analyzing the Ghost clip. I was really surprise that the Ghost clip was even an option, thats are really old movie. At work I asked some people if they had seen the movie and a lot of them said no. I love Ghost the movie a lot I think that Ghost the movie is a timeless classic romance. I learned from doing this analyzation that a lot of what a movie is saying can be missed because movies can be very complex and have a lot of meaning.

Four the Daily Creates this week I think I over did it a little bit. I did 5 instead of 4 (my counting is off I don’t know why). I enjoyed learning how to do line art, I can’t believe I am thinking of pursing it as a hobby after I get out of school. The artist Ryan Seslow even “hearted” my tweet, needless to say I was pretty happy. While on his twitter I found the age old question how to actually say “Gif” (sorry, a little off the subject of this week but just trying to answer my own questions). This tweet says it all:

Here is some of the conversation that I shared with other students over the week. Here is an in depth link to what was shared. One of thing I do badly is generate conversation. I have been working on it and it just seems that people are catching on. Here are some of the post that I have posted this week.

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I just worked on mainly commenting about little things that I understood or I thought where a coincidence. I think the blog I got the most out of was is Richard Barnes, I have been struggling all week to understand this thing about  Robert Ebert’s principles. They seem to me kind a dry  and boring, I think my main problem with these principles is that the really can not be proven. The article was kind of unfulfilling  because it seemed to jump around a lot usually articles sate when they were born and go into chronological like that, but not this one.

I just want to say to I have been commenting on other peoples blogs but I have gotten maybe a handful of comments. Even from the teacher she said she commented peoples blogs so they can improve there grade, she never did on mine. I guess that means I am doing far from exceptional on writing ect.

See not much activity and chatting at this end !!

Post -it (proof)

One of thing I do badly is generate conversation. I have been working on it and it just seems that people are catching on. Here are some of the post that I have posted this week.

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I just worked on mainly commenting about little things that I understood or I thought where a coincidence. I think the blog I got the most out of was is Richard Barnes, I have been struggling all week to understand this thing about  Robert Ebert’s principles. They seem to me kind a dry  and boring, I think my main problem with these principles is that the really can not be proven. The article was kind of unfulfilling  because it seemed to jump around a lot usually articles sate when they were born and go into chronological like that, but not this one.

I just want to say to I have been commenting on other peoples blogs but I have gotten maybe a handful of comments. Even from the teacher she said she commented peoples blogs so they can improve there grade, she never did on mine. I guess that means I am doing far from exceptional on writing ect.

See not much activity and chatting at this end !!

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego ! I think it is more like Where in the world is Adriel Brooks and what am I thinking? Anyway its already 1:50 in the afternoon and I already have been very busy. With a move on the way on my days off I am doing a lot of cleaning and errands. Today I have to go to work and pick up a few boxes, drop of cloths at the consignment store and drop off things at goodwill (I love doing my part especially as I have learned what these places are for and how important they are to our community).   I plan then to come on home because I have to come back to the house and start on next weeks assignments. I can’t believe summer school is almost over and then in two weeks I am going to start my official last semester. When I was doing this map I was actually thinking about my career and how it has been so  winding. There is many things I can not understand but I know that everything will work out for my good. I can’t wait to mail out announcements (if I have any money left) I know what they are already going to say. I really want the verse that was on my graduation cards to go on my graduate cards it reads:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

~ Isaiah 40:31

This is how I created todays Daily Create first I googled ” Fredericksburg Central Park”. Then I took a screen shot of of the map and then from there I opened it with iphoto (As Seen Below):

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In Iphoto I cropped the picture so all the picture that i did not want where gone. I then decided to uploaded into “Gimp” I then decided that “Gimp” was not the right tool for the job so I switched to Photoflexer. I decided that it was not the right tool because when I used the “Pencil” function it was to big a dot on the map and I did’t know how to make it smaller do I decided to go with a different program. I then uploaded the picture to photoflexer using the “upload” button then I went to the  “Pencil” function in photoflexer (it is under Decorate> Draw). I also adjusted the size of the pencil so the dots would not look so big. In the picture the reader can see different size dots and colors. I did this so who ever is reading the maps understand it better. The big dots stand for where I am leaving and go to, the red dots indicated stops and the smaller dots indicated where I am traveling back to.

 

This guy wins best prize for most creative in my book. Everyones continual obsession with a game that has rekindle love for pokemon. I tell you I am having a hard time focusing on the priorities right know .