Weekly Summary (Week 5)

This is the final week of DS106, and for my final project, I told the story of Nestor Makhno, or more precisely, if he had won during the Russian Civil War. I used 3 different types of media to tell the story, being two types of visual, one type of visual/design, and one video project, and weaved it together with some speculative writing. This would have to be my favorite project of the class, as I’ve always been enthralled by alternative history, and being given a chance to explore that was wonderful. I enjoyed this class very much, and was given new perspectives on media, both creating and analyzing it, and I think this will transfer over well into my own personal pursuits. I very much enjoyed the audio portion, as that more closely relates to my passion that does video or graphic design, but I did enjoy the other weeks all the same. I was exposed to more tools to use, more methods of using them, and, bluntly, I learned a lot. If I did take this class over again, I would be more focused on interacting with the other students, and work more on the daily create portions, as well as more tutorials on how I created the media I used.

Weekly Summary (Week 4)

This week was probably the most challenging for me, as I do not have much prior experience working with videos or film. The workload was lighter, but what work there was was overall more intense than audio or graphics creation. For the daily creates I used GIMP to combine images, and for the films I used kdenlive (as it runs on GNU/Linux), two programs I have previously used, although I feel as if I need more experience with kdenlive. I did miss one daily create though, but I personally did better on the commenting (both commenting on other blogs, and interacting on my own), as displayed below. It seems as if the feedback on my own work is positive, and I really do enjoy that. Below are the daily creates, assignments, and comments.

Movie Reading

Film Analysis

1st Video Assignment

2nd Video Assignment

Daily Creates (1, 2, 3, 4)



Weekly Summary (Week 3)

With my musical background, I had plenty of prior experience working with audio, so I faced very little challenges. I did four audio assignments which I very much enjoyed, and a couple of daily creates (listed below) that I was able to add my sociopolitical twist to. I enjoyed the few comments I received and It was recommended that I focus more on the point of the story, than trying to bulk up the length of it. I’d have to say, I resonate with that. When I write songs, I keep them short and to the point, no need for a prog rock jam if you can make your point in a minute twenty seconds, so I’ll be sure to apply that to stories as well. I feel as if, besides this, I did well on the assignments. I do need to step up on my commenting on other blogs though, and increase my interaction with other posters, ans if I could do things differently, I would probably do that.

Listening to Ira Glass, there were a few key points that make a story great. First, you need to grab people with a question. They will always wait for an answer if they are presented a question. Next, you can keep people waiting for the question if you add suspense. You can be involved in the most boring story ever if you wait, and wait, and wait. Suspense drags people along wo wait for the question. And lastly, you will need trial and error to see if the story will really catch people.

I listened to the first episode of ScottLo, the introduction podcast, where he talked about setting up the podcast and trying to make his contribution to the course. He mainly talks about how easy this can be as long as you’re willing to set up the hardware and software. I also listened to the Ted Radio Hour, where an MIT professor who was very supportive of emerging technology, especially in the field of therapy. It used layers of different sounds, soft music, audio samples from the seal, and the narrator all combining to talk about a comforting example of technology use, from the buildup to the dramatic conclusion.

Speaking over the crackling radio broadcast of a space craft drifting through the void, it makes you feel like you are in the capsule. You hear their voices sound and clear, as if you were standing right next to them when they crashed. Next to them when they died. You are there with them. You were with them. You will always be with them. This could have been real, and exploring the what-ifs through audio gives a glimpse into what-could. You hear the shock in their voices, the tense nature of their speech, not knowing what will happen next. All through the story, you are right there with them.



A little while ago, one man sat on a stage performing, but suddenly he was elevated to the world fame status of Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. At last, it was revealed that this performer was nothing more than an Artificial Intelligence, disappointing everyone who has followed him. Was this whole thing just a facade? Is this the direction entertainment is heading? Is this… the end? The original video can be found here.

It’s known that Chris Christie opposes ending prohibition in any form, including the legalization of medicinal cannabis. Juxtaposing Christie into the protect can convey two things: one, that he’s not willing to do anything to further his point than launch a “sit in”; two, the irony of Christie being anywhere near a pro-cannabis protest. Using GIMP, pasting the PNG onto an existing photo was easy (once I found a rather open area to do so). The original image from here.

Punk Rock is 99% do it yourself. DIY or Die. No one is a bigger sellout than the those who sell their integrity to the corporate machine. Bands usually control the recording and selling of music, directly or through another local musician who specializes in the sort of thing. For example, my band recorded our own demo, and our upcoming LP is being recorded by another local musician who happens to be an audio engineering student. We burn our own CDs, run all of our online distribution services, and as exemplified here, we even press our own cassette tapes. We burn a CD, play it through a CD player, run an aux cord from the CD player output port into the mic port of the tape machine, and hit record. It’s rough, improvised, but at least WE control it, and not some record label. Tapes are very popular in the musical underground, and the more rough, the more DIY, the more awful looking, the better.

I would have chosen something written in the Cherokee Syllabary to pay homage to my Aniyunwiya ancestry, but it was invented by Sequoyah relatively recently, so it can’t really be considered an ‘ancient’ manuscript. Indigenous ‘alphabets’ in the Americas are few and far between, so instead I decided to use the Incan Quipu, which was the record keeping system for the Incan Empire. As it was primarily used for numbers, I thew on “Correct answer, but next time show your work!” to the bottom of it in the infamous red pen of educators. Just remember, Western Civilization is not the only civilization.

Weekly Summary (Week 2)

This week threw much more at me than the previous week. I did get behind on one daily create, but the remaining three were completed. I did a few design assignments, which were great. I was able to parody a great movie, reduce one down to four major plot points, photoshop myself onto a mountain, and make a fake tattoo for one of my favorite quotes. I even did the PhotoBlitz (I did german up my title though), and examined some elements of images and photography that I will be applying to my own designs. This week was also the first time I’ve had to create gifs (you don’t pronounce it jraphics, so it’s a hard G), so that was definitely a challenge. But a challenge that I learned from, just as all these other were. I did better on my procrastination, but I do need to be better about that.

Weekly Summary (Week 1)

As this is not the first time I’ve set up a domain or used WordPress, setting up and customizing everything felt like a breeze. Although I’ve not used UMW’s domain system, and am much more familiar with GoDaddy, picking up what to do was relativity easy. I played around with all the tools and options, including some of the other applications that you can install. The first post I made on this blog was an introcution, which I, for the most part, re-posted onto my about page. Later, I attempted the photo safari, and experimented with new angles I have never even tried before. I started work on four different visual assignments, which I primarily used GIMP for, and I found them very fun. A nice change of pace from editing show photos and album art. I attempted some daily creates, and enjoyed the seemingly spontaneity of topics. Although I could have taken more time to familiarize myself with the class and assignments, rather than procrastinating some, I see myself participating more thoroughly throughout this class in the next few weeks.