Creative Commons

Creative Commons is an organization that describes itself as “a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” They offer copyright licenses to those who wish to share their work with the public under their own circumstances. The following graphic can also be found on the Organization’s site, and lists the possible reasons why one would possibly want a license.

  • Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?
  • Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?
  • Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?
  • Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free?

They contend that their wish is to spread knowledge and education throughout the world and the internet with a “some rights observed” approach.

The history of Creative Commons has its roots in the beginnings of press printing. A rapid spread of technology didn’t allow for people to reserve the rights over their materials, thus the printing house was born. The problem with this lay in the people who owned the printing houses who had complete control over what material made its way into the world.These events influenced the “Statute of Queen Anne” which gave the artists materials protection for 14 years, after which it fell to the public. This was one of the first instances of public domain. In response to the “Mickey Mouse” act that extended copyright for several years, Eric Eldred and a group of others joined together to form “Copyright Commons” in order to find it unconstitutional. After Eldred and others came together to fight the act, they formed Creative Commons to help the work make its way to the public and protect the rights of the artist. The first licenses were issued in December, 2002, and they have been operating ever since.

There seems to be little controversy surrounding Creative Commons, and the work mostly appreciated. There have been many people to voice concern about the “non-commercial” license they offer. This allows for no royalties or any kind of monetary gain; the author never receives any sort of compensation. What I’m finding it difficult to understand is why this would matter if the person in question applied for that particular kind of license. One would think that they wouldn’t offer to give their work up for free by accident, but because they want for it to be shared with the public.

Overall, I think Creative Commons is an interesting way to introduce material into the public domain, and I definitely considered that this week as I searched for free sounds to use for my audio projects. And then again when I had to maim my soulful rendition of “Night Cheese” just so I could post it online for credit. I think Creative Commons is an interesting organization because they want to protect the rights of the person who is financially involved, but also is eager to share as much information as possible with the world. The point of Creative Commons is to share knowledge and culture across the internet, and I think that’s pretty cool.

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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

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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

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The original DS106 Project page 3.5 stars


2.5 stars The Original DS106 Project Page



5 stars Link to Original Assignment Page


2 stars Link to Original Assignment


3.5 stars Link to Original Assignment

Animated Gifs


4.5 stars

Design Assignments

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2 stars Original Assignment


3.5 stars Original Project Page


1.5 stars Original Project Page

Overall Stars:

Visual Assignments + Animated Gif = 21 stars

Design Assignments + Animated Gif = 11.5

Account Links



Sound Cloud



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.


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

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.


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.


Hello new friends!

I thought I’d start out and try and make something that set the tone for my blog. Of course, the gif doesn’t load unless you click on it and it took me 3 hours to make in inkscape. So while I’m sure this all sends some kind of message, it is definitely not one of my competence.



EDIT: IT LIVES! Many thanks to Jim Groom and Google.