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.


Discovering Genres

I really enjoyed reading over the genres listed in the google doc, mostly because of how unique they are. Usually, when reading about film, one would see a slew of common and familiar genre titles. These, I feel, are aimed more at the audience of the internet, or Youtube, rather than that of a cinema. These are genres created by the people who watch and enjoy them every day, and many of them make them as well. Since the phenomenon of Youtube began, anyone can be a film maker and define their own drama. I really enjoyed that so many people were able to find a niche for the video they wanted to use. I like that there are so many options these day.

For my example, I chose a comedy video that I recently saw on reddit. I chose to put it under the comedy genre, but also created a new one “Family Humor”. I feel as if social media these days is filled with young parents sharing pictures and videos of their kids, in return, you get ridiculous videos like this one where the family structure/child is mocked. I labeled it Family Humor not only because of that, but also because I feel like it relates to a certain group of people in a way that I can’t understand, because I don’t have a kid; they are gross and stuff. Here is the first of three videos:

Weekly Summary #2


I enjoyed reading and researching Creative Commons and seeing just how it affected how I do my work. It makes me more deeply appreciate the public domain and that people want everyone to be able to share anything informative or educational.

The Scott LoDown podcasts are a neat way to reach out to students, both open participants and local students, and let them know what is going on in the class. It’s always helpful to have some tips and tricks and these are especially cool because they are available whenever we want to reference them. I enjoy listening to them every week.

I also really enjoyed delving in and learning in depth about design. It helps to read these things, especially since I myself am not very artistic. It really helped me to view my work with a different eye and try to incorporate these elements into my design assignments.

Daily Creates




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I have to admit that I was so overwhelmed this week I didn’t keep up so well with the Daily Creates. One isn’t listed just because it’s written, but otherwise I think I may have forgotten to post these to twitter….It’s been a rough week, I’m glad it’s over and starting tomorrow I’m doing these every day!

Design Assignments

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3 Stars

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4.5 Stars

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4.5 Stars


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4.5 Stars

16.5 Stars

12 Twilight Zone Stars

Audio Assignments

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4.5 Stars

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4.5 Stars

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3.5 Stars

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Weekly Reflection

This week was far more challenging for me than the last. I sputtered in the beginning with Audio Assignments and then spent the rest of the week obsessing on them a bit too much. I didn’t pay attention to the finer detail over all, I was just so overwhelmed with figuring out the program. Now that I’ve spent the last 7 days with Audacity, I feel like I’m much more competent than at the start. It’s gotten to the point where I’m starting to enjoy mixing things where are before I couldn’t even drag my selections into the program. I’m looking forward to next week and the challenge of online groups. I’m sure it will be prove to be much different than something I am normally used to. Really excited to make a Radio Show! It’s been a good week guys!


Scott LoDown Reactions

Scott LoDown 005: This podcast talked a bit about participation and the comments that have been flying around the blog. It was discussed that your site should not be generic, because that is your only way of being known in the class. I agree with this, but it’s also been difficult to do this when I know so little about the web. Talky Tina was also discussed.

Scott LoDown 006:Lots of interesting background music, lots of Talky Tina. Talks about communication/using your peers feedback. I think this episode was more of a discussion of random thoughts than anything else. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just wanna talk about stuff.

Scott LoDown 007: In this episode, the open online participants were discussed. I agree that I personally haven’t payed much attention to them yet, but I should! I think it says a lot when you want to be creative just because, and not only for a grade. So I agree they deserve some props.

Scott LoDown 008: In this episode the audio assignments were discussed thoroughly. This was helpful, especially since it came at a time of the week when I was really struggling with the audio assignments. This is one of the reasons why I think the pod casts are such a neat and interactive way to learn.

Scott LoDown 009: This began with a continuation of the audio assignments. Finally figured out what the deal with Doc Oblivion was. Talks about how these assignments and the skills we are learning in this class will be effective for a very long time, and I agree with that. I originally took this class so I could better understand how to manipulate media and I feel like I’ve already gotten better with it.

Scott LoDown 010: Listened to an old podcast to start out with. Mentions “The Devil and Mr. O”. Discussed the open online participants again. Apparently someone madeĀ  cool parody post? I should look it up. Sounds funny.

Scott LoDown 011: Began with talking about Jim’s talk in New Hampshire, and his discussion on ds106. Also discusses a recording app in length.


Animated Movie Poster

For this assignment, I made an animated poster for the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough At Last“. This was my favorite episode so far, but it was also the most depressing so I ended up in bed afterwards and drowned out some of the pain with the ever timely humor of Lieutenant Data. Then I had to work.

This took a little longer than I would have liked it to, but as a wise boyfriend once told me yesterday “Just figure out how to do the layers and Google it before you ask me”. So, I eventually figured out that I could link all the frames of my gif in GIMP and thus scale them all at once, rather than painstakingly one by one.


I tried to use a climatic scene because I feel like that’s how movie posters do, ya know? This one was fun, but definitely challenging.

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4.5 Stars