The Sounds of A City

 

This is most definitely the hardest assignment I’ve done yet. I guess I’m just not a very good “mixer” but I’ve seriously started working on this last night. I used Audacity, and had a lot of trouble finding a tutorial that I could sit through, so even I just gave up and dived in.

I wanted to replicate the sound scape of a city, and all of it’s crazy undertones. After I was able to find all the sounds I need using Sound Bible, I was well on my way to making a sound scape- or so I thought. As I kept working on it, it either sounded too quiet or too ear splittingly loud. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find any street music, so that’s why you hear a street chanting of Hare Krishna is the beginning. Cities are all about diversity…right? Anyway, I hope it reminds you guys of the city, whether it’s a good thing or not.

Link to Original Assignment

4.5 Stars

 

An Observation of Humans by Captain Antigonus

I am writing to my superiors with great concern for our Supreme Leader and the lives of everyone in our Great Colony, The Ultra-Awesome Conservators of the Underground.

Keeping with the wishes of my people, I, Antigonus III, traveled far above ground on a mission. This was a mission of surveillance, to gain knowledge of the strange giants who have recently inhabited the outlying jungles just beyond our country’s borders.

The creatures are of such strangeness and immensity as to be inconceivable to the common senses of ant-kind, and my people scarcely believe they are the threat I know them to be.

After traveling for many turns of the twin dics, I found myself emerged from the green expanses around me and came upon a massive structure, the likes of which never seen by our people, but written in our lore. This was no doubt the colony of our foes.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/69206888@N07/8773526004/

I first came upon a field of rock, so tall and all encompassing that I had to climb a treachourous cliff before I could see my end goal- a large reflective vortex. Their architecture makes our entire civilization look like nothing more than a mound of dirt.

What I came to see next was a long and difficult journey through this large unnavigatable environ, so unfamiliar and dangerous to me that I almost lost my way…and my hope. Once I was able to enter their domain, I was almost immediately claimed by the sick, gray grass that covers the ground of their colony. I soon found myself unable to dig underneath it. It caught my legs and drained me of my engery as I struggled to make it above ground level. In the distance, I could see smaller structures set throughout their territoty. I knew to survive I had to make it to the closest one possible.

 

Eventually I came upon a cliff of enormous size, I climbed and trekked over the the grains and ledges of this steep structure and fought to hold on. Once I finally made it over the final plauteau I saw that the surface was very smooth but covered in unusual tools that were varied and specifically placed. These tools themselves were massive and prevent a great danger to us-many of them could easily be thrown by the giants in our general direction, and none of them could we outrun. Frightened, I knew I must continue my mission and seek more information elsewhere.

From the great brown structure I was able to travel henceforce from the walls. I traveled a great distance along the sparse yellow lands before following my scent to the largest colony room I have ever seen. Surely it was meant for their queen. There are great structures everywhere- and many many more tools. After what seemed like hours, I was able to climb onto a large mountain that my scent had led me to. Oh joy! After my ever exhausting journey I had finally found a food source. I eagerly rushed myself over, foolishly, as I narrowly avoided a large red puddle of liquid that surely would have trapped me. As I was beginning to enjoy my well earned meal…I saw it…I saw what would change not only my life, but the lives of us all forever.

They were everywhere, scattered about like fleas. Laying lifeless in puddles of foam…hundreds, maybe thousands of them. Our people. Massacered at the hands of the giants. After facing the fight of my life, I broke down and could not move. I had to mourn for them. As I walked by, I realized I knew some of them. Some were from our colony, many were workers that had been missing for weeks. In that instance I snapped back to reality. I knew what had to be done. I had to return and rescue my people. That was when I encountered the giant.

I stood still at first, hoping he would think me one of the fallen, but as his prepared his meal he spotted me. He picked up a strange reflective cylinder and stared at me coldly through it, the damn monster. I knew I could not outrun the fearsome creature, but I at least had to try. As he turned for something, presumably a device with which to kill me, I quickly hid myself amongst his waste. For what seemed like hours, he hunted me while I ran in the safety of the shadows. Somehow, someway, I escaped.

The next few disc cycles were a blur. I can’t even remember escaping the confines of that evil place, just the rush of fresh air and relief when I was again reached the jungle, which was previously seen to me as a treachourous place. Finally, I returned home to the colony. And today, I stand here before you, the Most Honorable Senate of the Ant People and I beg that we waste no time. They draw ever near with their structures. We must relocate and start a new somewhere else. Perhaps a place where we recognize no ant or tree.

Attempt at Photo Restoration

So, while I was waiting for this week’s syllabus, I decided to delve into Photoshop again. I really wanted to try my hand at restoration because I always see such cool examples on Reddit. I found an absolutely gorgeous old picture of one of my best friend’s grandparents (they look like an Old Hollywood “it” couple) that was a little grainy. I thought I might try to add some color as well. And while it didn’t turn out too well, I felt there was no harm in sharing it and perhaps getting some advice from my peers.

So here is the original

 

And here is a copy with a little of my work:

Photo: Epic fail but I tried to clean/colorize this for you. It's mah first one, so it's not so good.

I feel like the lines are running and it looks a little cartoonish. I also can’t get any significant amount of color to show in the water or grassy area. Any ideas?

Weekly Summary

Required Readings

This week, we were required to read and watch several items involving cyber infrastructure and web-based learning. I enjoyed reading and pondering upon the ideas of Wesch and Campbell, and I see the merit of what they are saying. The web and social media have opened up a flood gate of information that is available to practically anyone on the planet. It’s a very powerful tool that is not utilized as often as it should be, especially in our schools. On top of that, I enjoyed listening to scottlo’s podcast and hearing all the ways that I personally will learn how to better use the internet to further my own education. I actually really enjoyed the readings and videos, and found them all to be very informative.

Link to Post

Daily Creates

dailycreate5 dailycreate1 dailycreate2 dailycreate3 dailycreate4

I love the daily creates, because they leave you with no chance for excuses and give you such freedom. You can literally take it any way you want, and there’s really no way you can go wrong as long as you try to be just a little creative.

Visual and Design Assignments

AZ collage3smudge

The original DS106 Project page 3.5 stars

desk

2.5 stars The Original DS106 Project Page

 

post2

5 stars Link to Original Assignment Page

post3

2 stars Link to Original Assignment

post4

3.5 stars Link to Original Assignment

Animated Gifs

invaders

4.5 stars http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/from-the-twilight-zone-and-beyond/

Design Assignments

snakes copy

2 stars Original Assignment

bumpersticker

3.5 stars Original Project Page

cartoonhead

1.5 stars Original Project Page

Overall Stars:

Visual Assignments + Animated Gif = 21 stars

Design Assignments + Animated Gif = 11.5

Account Links

Twitter

Flickr

Sound Cloud

Youtube

Redesign

Admittedly, I haven’t done much in the way of themes yet, I want it to be just so and don’t want to mess it up. But I did edit my About Me page, as well as add a photo gallery to show my Daily Creates and other silly pictures. To do this, I downloaded the Slickr Flickr plugin, as long as a twitter integration plug in that displays my tweets on every page. The biggest one so far has been jet pack, it’s enabled me to look at my site views and list certain comment preferences.

Comments

I unfortunately can’t figure out how to link to my comments, but I can link to the blogs which I commented on, listed below

http://bowtiesandskulls.com/uncategorized/putting-disney-into-focus/

http://turn2blog.markchristiansen8.com/2013/05/27/a-hazy-afternoon/

http://wesleyjroberts.com/2013/05/27/how-to-gordon-ramsay/

http://clairepatrick.net/ds106/uncategorized/pictures-into-words/#comment-4

http://clairepatrick.net/ds106/uncategorized/draw-it/#comment-5

http://rockylouproductions.com/blog_wp/2013/05/26/splish-splash/

http://www.inspiremenew.com/blog/pics-2/127/#comment-5

Thoughts So Far

So far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this class. It’s already taught me so much and I’m getting a kick out of doing all of the assignments. My biggest fear has been Photoshop, it’s such a comprehensive program and I worry that I’m not using it to it’s full extent. As far as questions go, I still need help with some aspects of blogging. Linking and themes have so far been my weak point. But I am really looking forward to working out all of those kinks and immersing myself in this class for the next 4 weeks. I’m especially excited about the radio portion of the class, as I think that that’s something that could definitely be useful later on in life. Anyway, I’ve loved the ride so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

Reflections on the Required Materials.

I’m doing these all together just because I’m doing them all at once and don’t want to spam my blog with posts.

Anyway!

I was initially concerned about the radio aspect of the class, as I wasn’t sure how it could be pulled off. After listening to scottlo’s podcast, my excitement certainly amped up. I really feel like it’s a positive thing to incorporate all these different facets of internet life, because they are increasingly becoming a normative part of everyone’s life.

On that note, I was intrigued by Gardner Campbell’s idea to integrate blogs and the internet (although the latter has already been done to a large degree) into early education, especially since the children in school now will be raised and eventually live on their own in a world where social media is beginning to outweigh social interaction. I think that it’s definitely important that they learn to use the knowledge and technology that they are equipped with responsibly, and also how to respect themselves online, as ones social persona can very easily affect them IRL. It was also very interesting to here him talk about how cyber infrastructure has influenced the technology in schools movement and allowed it to flourish.

I felt that Wesch’s ideas were along the same lines. He seems to understand that every person is different, even right down to their learning technique. I liked what he said about school being a competition- children compete with each other for 13 years, and many of the challenges are tailored for a specific kind of learning style. The internet has the ability to touch so many lives and teach people in so many different ways. It’s already started a learning initiative of its own- more and more people are reading and learning things online, things that actually interest them in the spare time. It would be awesome if this could somehow be integrated into the learning community. I feel like it would make it easier for everyone to learn how they feel is appropriate for them. What’s more empowering than taking initiative and learning what you want during your education. Better yet, the web allows for our learning experience to last as long as we want it to- it doesn’t have to end at graduation.

 

Graphic Gift, featuring our lady friend from the Invaders.

Instead of staring at a horrifying extra terrestrial in total fear and anguish, our friend is now gazing upon at the new technology of refrigeration with amazement. graphicgift

“This is just the Bee’s Knee’s, Mrs. Jones! Why, is that an icebox in there?”

“And how, Susie! Also, PENICILLIN.”

This was really easy to make after I erased the background footage and added a layer mask in gimp.

Link to Original Assignment

Invaders Pixel Art

I wanted to attempt some pixel art and replicate my angry robot alien friend. It took a while to make in Photoshop. I had to zoom in as far as I could, then I colored the pixels one by one. I took a screenshot after all my work was done and was able to crop the photo so it could be huge!

Here is the picture I used as inspiration

fig_inv1

 

And here is my pixel art

 

pixelart

 

He has silly looking arms, but over all I’m pleased with the results.

Link to Original Assignment

Break it down, little man.

For the twilight zone assignment, I decided to make an animated gif of the tiny evil alien robot. After watching “The Invaders”  I was pretty set on bringing that creepy little guy to life on my blog.

I implemented the same method that I used for my Petty gif, (that I learned from this awesome tutorial) and it’s really amazingly simple. GIMP is an awesome, awesome tool and in some ways, I like it better than Photoshop.

invaders

Call Black Mamba today for efficient evil doing.

Before I started working on the Twilight Zone assignments, I had to do this one first. What isn’t cool about female super villains, right? Here is the calling card I made for Black Mamba, an evil doer from the Marvel Universe.

 

snakes copy

 

You wouldn’t surmise it from looking at her, but her powers are actually telepathy.  I guess she just falls in the the whole “Snakes Are Sexy” trope. You know, evil woman seductress and what not. This was probably the easiest assignment so far to do, and it was easily done using layers in GIMP.

 

Original Assignment