Scottlo Reactions

Whenever I summarize the episodes one by one, I find it hard to materialize something to say. I think week by week however, it is much easier to talk about the pod casts, what they consist of, and what we have learned from them. I thought that they were longer than usual this week, but I didn’t mind that. I think it’s kinda fun to sit back and listen while I do work. I noted the advice about aiming for the lower star assignments. I feel like that way it’s much easier to learn more things. The bumpers Scott played were really cool, and I enjoyed listening to them. It was also interesting to hear advice about Audacity, and that was definitely helpful during my endeavors this week. I also like hearing about the guest speakers. It was a good, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Time Remix

Last week, I attempted to mash up The Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough At Last” and The Venture Brothers here. This time around, I decided to mix it up a bit and make it a little more fun. I was originally going to include a remix of an adventure time song, but instead I used the soundtrack from this guys video. The only thing I really knew to do was repetition, other than that I fooled around with the bass a little bit. This was all done using Audacity. I like this one a little more than the other, too.

Original Assignment Here

4.5 stars

Edit of Song Mash-Up

So, I previously endeavored a mash-up of Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” with Tina Fey’s parody of “Night Cheese” (Go watch 30 Rock, now). I originally wanted the entire song to be involved in the process but realized after that it was only a certain clip that I wanted to used. Instead of pasting the clip of “Night Cheese” over “Night Moves” like I did previously, I instead layered the two together, and then softened the volume of the song at certain points. So here is my shortened edit, sans a minute of silence. I like this one a lot better personally.

Edit of Sound Story

This week, due to the pressure of the radio show, I decided I would attempt to edit my previous assignments. First, I wanted to make my sound story more…rich, I guess? I didn’t necessarily want to make it longer, just tell a bigger story in the time I gave it. I tried to add a few more sounds, to give the story a bit more dialogue, then I “reversed echoed” my audio, then I play the clip at a different sample rate, to make it a bit slower and menacing.

Here is the original assignment I did

4 stars

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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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4 stars

16.5 Stars

9 Twilight Zone Stars



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 made  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.


Elements of Design

The elements of design surround us no matter where we go; we are constantly being reminded of the design choices of others by observing the world around us. Where as a design is the overall function of a piece of work, visual design is more about how the design is perceived and liked by others.

There are several principles of Design:

  • Balance is a very important part of design because it allows for objects and shapes to be aesthetically placed around the picture.
  • Contrast is important because it gets the attention of others, it’s meant to grab the eyes away from everything else. It also helps to organize the content of your work..
  • Emphasis is very similar to contrast, but stands all on its own. Emphasis is the element of the work that is supposed to grab the attention, it was meant to be seen first and foremost. Emphasis doesn’t have to be obvious, but can also be implied.
  • Movement is used to express action in a picture. A variety of shapes and lines are used to make it have the appearance of movement. Individual frames and diagonal lines help to lend to the idea of movement in a work of art.
  • A Pattern is a repeated use of a visual element in order to create a rhythm in a work of art.
  • Rhythm allows your work to contain a certain consistency. A pattern is found within a rhythm.
  • Unity allows you to see the relationship among all the different elements in the design.
  • Dominance works with different lines and shapes to assert all the different elements. This is also how dominance works with balance to create unity.
  • Proportion involves the scale of the pictorial elements. Proportion usually must have standards and cannot be made at random.
  • The idea behind minimalism is that sometimes the message can be direct, and all that extra fluff isn’t really necessary to say what you are trying to say.

Here are the examples of design principles that I found in my own environment:


This is an example that I found using color. You can see how all the bright, accompanying colors bring focus to the piece of art in question.


I used this old political poster not just because of the language difference, but mostly because you can see that the letters were supposed to one of the main points of the poster. Large, bold, and black.

IMAG0328I took a picture of this wall hanging as an example of rhythm. There are smaller, repeating patterns that become a part of a larger and more meaningful rhythm.


This is an example I used for metaphor/symbol. Uncle Sam represents a spirit that was uncontrollable during an ever expanding time for our nature. Here he can be seen standing coast to coast of the US, and the print below him read “The Stride Of A Century”. These are symbols for the manifest destiny.

Design is full of nuances and skills to learn in order to better help humans both create and appreciate works of art.

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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Sound Story (Midnight Sun)

For this assignment, I want to try and tackle a sound story. I have learned A LOT about audacity this week. I stalled for the first 3 days just trying to be able to figure out how to load music anything into the program at all- but I think as the week is wrapping up I can safely say I learned a skill or two.

Here is my sound story:

You can first hear the sound is a crushing water bottle, and over that, you can hear continued sizzling. I included all the footsteps and door squeaks as a way to symbolize all the coming and going of the people in the story. Finally, in the end, the can hear wind blow and teeth chattering, suggesting that the heat was all but a dream….

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4 stars

Reading Poster Assignment

For this assignment, I made a reading poster. Although Mr. Beemis had already been used as the main example, I found this picture of him looking so cute and excited and decided I could pass it up.

Now, this assignment was a *little* too easy for 3 stars, so I ended up trying to colorize my picture a bit (it’s a skill I’m still working on).

Anyway, the poster really says it all. Reading is fun! Go do it! And if you’re the only person left on the planter for the love of Pete don’t break your only pair of glasses. Or get eye surgery. I don’t know. He had options.

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3 Stars