Ever notice how every baby goes through a stage where they look like Winston Churchill? Or maybe Winston Churchill just looked like a mean, fat, baby.


winstonThis is my great-nephew. Super cool dude. He is passing through this stage with grace.

I had a blog once….

A friend mentioned to me today that they had recently started blogging. They went on about how much fun they were having, and what a great experience it is to have a voice online.

This sparked something in the back of my brain. I thought to myself, “Oh yeah…I had a blog once.” I realized I had originally stopped just because my required time with Digital Storytelling was over and I thought I would take a break from my online persona. When it crossed my mind months later, I wasn’t able to login and could find no trace of my page so I just shrugged it off and went on with my life.

And that’s when I realized! My life has been so boring! And DS106 was so much fun! Aside from school, the only thing I really do with my spare time is watch documentaries concerning the history of the British monarchy (no shame). After some intense research (I typed ‘word press’ into the search bar of my e-mail) I was able to find my info again and discovered that everything is how I left it.

So, during my free time this semester (of which there will be very little) I’m going to dip my toe back into the DS106 pond. Hopefully it comes back to me quickly.




I really loved that Claire recognized the similar aesthetic features between the pig nurses and the Seuss Universe. They look as if they mesh so well together.


This was my favorite assignment that Andrew completed this semester. I loved the contrast between the culture of gaming and the stuffy, snotty narrator. Maybe I’m getting too deep, but it could be a bit of a satire. Hmmmm….


Loved Kris’ Talkie! I’m really into juxtaposition I guess, but blending something modern with early video entertainment just tickles me.

Collage Tutorial

This tutorial isn’t really about the subject matter, just a way to make a collage for the assignment. I will be using Picasa.


This is what the program looks like when you boot it up. You can go to create and then collage and it will bring you to this screen


You can see here what it pretty much looks like, these are just random images the program chose from my files. If you can see where I’ve clicked on the picture, that tool allows you to re-size and rotate your image.


Here I’ve just cleared out what pictures I don’t want to clear up some space


To rearrange your images, you can right click them and select “bring to top”


This is what you will see once you have hit “Create Collage”. When it is done processing, the program will let you know.

“Focus on One Color” Tutorial

Link to the assignment

This assignment can easily be completed in Photoshop.

After you choose your images, load them into the program.

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First you need to change the original color image to black and white. Go to Image, Adjustments, Hue and Saturation

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Move your saturation down to zero

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On the tool bar you will second paintbrush. Right click on this and use the “History Brush Tool”. This will restore the original color you want to highlight to the photo. In Photoshop, it is helpful to zoom in using ctrl+ and using smaller sized brushes.

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Your finished product will look something like this!

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Remix Assignment

I decided to try an assignment on the easier side to “remix”. It was a little easier said than done, but overall wasn’t too bad between the uses of GIMP and Photoshop. This was my remix assignment that I selected. So I decided to change the language on the picture to French and then added a different background. I was kind of going for humor with the whole floating ghost child thing, but I’m afraid that may not be seen as I hoped :P. This was a simple assignment that added up to five stars.

Original 3+Remix 2= 5


Even though this was an easy thing to do, I can see the value of taking the work of others and building off of it.

Supercut Frasier

I was having a really difficult time thinking of a phrase or theme to super cut in one of my favorite shows, which is hilarious because as soon as I decided on this one it was relatively simple to find examples of Frasier screaming at his brother, Niles. This was by far one of the most entertaining assignments to do, because it involved watching Frasier, which I do on a regular basis anyway.

At this point in the semester, I had myself worked into a routine for each specific assignment. I always first find my clips, and then download them to my computer. From there, I edit segments in MPEG Streamclip because I find it really simple to do with this program. After this I would put everything together in VideoPad. I usually like to put in final edits, like music or transitions, using YouTube editor. That’s how I did this.

A lot of the good video editing softwares that were recommended weren’t compatible with my XP so that’s why I ended up using VideoPad, which was relatively difficult to get the hang of. Lesson learned though, and as soon as this class is over, I’m formatting my computer so I can get all the cool stuff.

Here is the clip:

5 stars

Assignment Page

Assignment Summary Mashup….or something like that.

For this assignment, I thought it would be fun to make a video collage of some of the projects I had the most fun doing. I felt kinda nostalgic looking over everything and seeing how much work I did for this class. It’ll be nice to enjoy the rest of the summer, but I’ll miss doing these types of assignments.

To make this, I first uploaded all the images, clips, and sounds to VideoPad editor. I used MPEG Streamline to cut down some of my video assignments, as I didn’t really want this video to be 30 minutes long. I ran some of my audio assignments as the music while all the images, gifs, and videos are displayed on screen. I went into this thinking it would be an easy 5 stars, but I was sorely mistaken. Took a lot of time to get everything synced up and exactly how I wanted. Even then, it’s not perfect. I tried for two hours to make the text “Videos Incoming” stay on screen but no matter what I did it wouldn’t change in size and I somehow couldn’t edit it out in VideoPad or the YouTube editor. So I finally just decided to deal with it. Besides that, I really like the flow of this video, and I did attempt to sync up the music. Here is the final product:


5 stars

Evolution of Wesley Crusher

For this assignment, I wanted to show case the growth of Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation (portrayed by Wil Wheaton) as he is really the only person who ages in the show and Patrick Stewart has looked the same for 30 years.


He’s a vampire.

Anyway, to document the physical changes of the character, I had to look through a couple hours of footage on YouTube and Google. There were 86 episodes featuring Wesley’s character, and I went through about half of them. After that, I uploaded them all into Mpeg Streamline and edited the clips I wanted to use. Then I had to find a way to edit and reorder the video because for some reason nothing I numbered came up in the program correctly. I found the theme song on YouTube and edited it to loop with the video on audacity. After about 6 hours, I was finally done. Here is my finished project:

The assignment is listed as 4.5, but I’m going to argue for 5 as I spent an entire day on this. And I cursed several times.