Dramatic Reading Remix

This assignment is titled “Dramatic Reading Remix” and is worth 3 and a half stars. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/dramatic-reading-remix/
I completed this assignment from the viewpoint of Lena.

For this assignment I decided that it would be fun practicing dramatic readings since I am one of the least dramatic people I know. What better way to practice than doing this? I began by picking a song that would be able to be dramatized. I didn’t have a specific emotion in mind (happy, sad, angry, angsty, etc.) so I just started by scrolling through my iTunes library. I decided on the song “Flowers In Your Hair” by The Lumineers. It’s not too long of a song and it would be easy to make it sound really happy. The next step was to find some background music that could be put with a happy set of lyrics. So naturally, I turned to YouTube. Here’s the music I decided to use:

I then imported that song into Audacity. Next I recorded my reading of the lyrics and overlapped it with the music in Audacity. I trimmed the music to the length of time it took for me to read it and then I was basically done. The last thing was to export the file from Audacity and install onto my soundcloud account. The original song by The Lumineers and my remix of it are both below:

Here’s the original song by The Lumineers:

And here’s my dramatic reading (please don’t laugh):

What Did I Hear Today?

This assignment is titled “Sounds Of Your Day” and is worth 3 stars. The assignment can be found here.
I wrote this post as my character, Lena.

The first sound is of my alarm. Although it’s annoying, it gets me up and in the mindset that my day is about to start.
The next sound clip is of me brushing my teeth with my automatic toothbrush. There’s not much else to say about this besides I like to have clean teeth and I’m sure everyone around me would agree.
Then, there’s a short clip of my leaving my apartment and the door shutting behind me.
Next is the sound of me walking on the gravel to the destination where I recorded my last sound.
The last clip is of the coffee shop that I like to go to near campus, it’s called “Gimme Coffee” and it’s on North Cayuga St. I love doing homework here because the atmosphere is so home-y. Also, what better truth is there to the name…seriously, gimme coffee.

I recorded all of these sounds on my phone and then put them on my computer. I imported them to Audacity and arranged them in the order that they occurred. I did this by just using the slide tool and putting them in position. I then exported it and uploaded it onto my soundcloud account. Have a listen:

Can you guess this tune?

This assignment that I chose to complete is called “Favorite Song” and is worth 1 and half stars. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/favorite-song/

I completed this assignment by downloading the audio from a youtube video of my song’s instrumental version. I then imported it into Audacity and cut it to just the first 20 seconds of the song using the trim tool. The final two steps were to export the completed clip and upload it onto my soundcloud account. This was a fairly easy assignment to complete once I got the actual audio into Audacity.
Take a listen and try to guess what song this is!

Design Blitz

This assignment was to illustrate at least four of the ten concepts of design photos that were given to us. The ten concepts given were color, typography, metaphors/symbols, minimalism & use of space, form/function/message, balance, rhythm, proportion, dominance, unity. Here are my photos and my thoughts behind each one:

1. This photo was taken on campus walk right outside the Nest. I saw this photo as having elements that portrayed “color” because of the green vines coming in on the side of the photo. Another thing that was a secondary thought about this photo was form/function. Does this clock in the middle of this little courtyard area actually work and is it useful?Campus

2. The second photo I took is of an old cathedral in Philadelphia. I took this picture over Christmas break when I was visiting me sister. I think the concept of “rhythm” can be seen in this photo in two different ways. Not only is there repition that’s defining pattern on the actual Cathedral, but the ornamentation of the building also contributes to the texture of the photo. The contrasting dark lines on the building make it pretty easy to determine where one piece ends and another one starts.Philly

3. This photo is of a place called The Obici House which is located in Suffolk, VA. I visited here over Christmas break as a potential wedding venue for my sister’s upcoming wedding. When I was looking through all of my photos for this design blitz, I saw this one and thought it was a good example of “Use of Space.” I think that the plain white outside of the house is clean and simple, but the elegant yet not too ornant entry way balances the house out well. Although the entry is not minimalistic, the rest of the house is.
Obici House

4. This next photo is probably my favorite…and not just because it’s of blueberry cheesecake. Not only did I like the colors that looked very vivid, but also I thought the layers looked really cool. I saw it as an example of proportion with the layers. If there would’ve been too much of one layer it would’ve completely thrown off the dessert. And you don’t wanna mess with a dessert. Blueberry Cheesecake

5. This final photo is just a random one that I took while in a library. I loved the colors of the sunset, but it turns out that I couldn’t take a picture of it without getting that glare off of the window. Thankfully, it still ended up looking really cool! I saw this picture as an example of dominance. Since there is so much going on, I think it’s really up to the viewer to determine where the eye goes first when looking at the photo. It’s also an example of balance because the arrangement of the objects and images are so intertwined and hard to depict. Sky & Glare

Lena The Pokemon

This assignment was titled “Pokemon Card” and it’s worth 3 stars. I completed this assignment as my character, Lena. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/pokemon-card/

When I first saw this assignment, it made me laugh a little. I remember being an avid Pokemon card collector when I was younger. I had binders full of cards and took great pride in my collection. So, why not make my own? Except I made one for my character, Lena. Here are the logistics:
Type – Grass
Serie – 1st generation
Hit points – 100 HP
Evolution – Basic
Attack 1: Mind Reading – Read your opponents next move and be able to avoid it without any damage.
Attack 2: Kindness – Kill them with kindness. Give them a compliment, a smile, or even puppy dog eyes…whatever it takes. Instantly disables all opposing attack mechanisms.
Weakness – Fighting
Resistance – Psychic
Retreat Cost – 1

I created this card using a program called http://www.mypokecard.com/en/ I got to play around with all of the different settings for my character as well as basic design. It was great to be able to personalize it and make it specific to Lena. The picture that I used for this card is a picture of a woman meditating. This is meant to depict Lena because not only does it fit the description on the card, but she also loves yoga and meditating. Here’s the final product: Pokemon Card

Mid-semester Motivation

This assignment was titled “Motivational Poster!” and it’s worth 3 stars. I created this poster and narrated it as my character, Lena. This is the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/motivational-poster/

“Today was one of those days when you get a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel in veterinarian school. I’ve loved working at my internship and today I was able to diagnose a cat’s itchy skin without the help of Dr. Wilson. I was commended on my thorough evaluations of the cat as well as a speedy diagnosis. It’s days like today that remind me why I want to be a veterinarian and it gave me the confidence of knowing that I’m in the right field of work. I love animals and I love being able to help them. With that being said, I made this motivational poster that can be used for anyone in Medical School. It can be tough, but it will be so worth it.
The quote on the poster is one of my favorites. It reads, “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” This was my starting point because I have to constantly remind myself of the truth behind this quote. Next, I found a picture online of a girl with a bunch of books around her. This was pretty simple thanks to google images. The next step was to combine the picture and the quote. I gave myself 2 options; I could either spend time figuring it out in Photoshop, or I could try to find a program that would make it easier on me. I opted to find a program. I just did a search on google and came up with http://bighugelabs.com/motivator.php This website was awesome. It was so easy to use and I could save the final product anywhere on my computer. Here’s the final product: Motivational Poster

Cartoon Me

This assignment I decided to complete is titled “Cartoon You” and is worth 3 and a half stars. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/cartoon-you/

For this assignment, the task was basically to just make yourself into a cartoon. There were a lot of options given to us that I could use to cartoon myself. I decided to use an internet program to get the job done because I know that if I were to try to do it in Photoshop, it would result in me pulling my hair out. The website that I used to do this is http://www.befunky.com/create/ It was fun to do and I spent some time messing around with the program just to see what it had to offer. Under the “Effects” category, I decided to use the effect called “Cartoonizer 1.” I then played with the color and clarity of the picture to get me final product. Overall, this was a fun little assignment that ended up not being too stressful!
Cartoon Me

Did You Know Professor Groom Was The Bachelor?!

I decided to complete the assignment titled “Professor Groom Poster” which is worth 4 and a half stars. This is the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/professor-groom-poster/

For this assignment, I decided to put Professor Groom’s face on an ad for the popular TV show “The Bachelor.” And I must admit, the final product for this assignment was absolutely hilarious. However, getting to the end was not a breeze by any means. I am extremely inexperienced with Photoshop or really any kind of photo editing. I first began by downloading Adobe Photoshop. Once downloaded, I opened the program thinking this assignment would be simple. WRONG. I now understand why this assignment was worth 4 and a half stars besides thinking that Professor Groom just wanted his face on a bunch of TV or movie posters. Putting his face on an ad was very challenging. After spending about 45 minutes trying to figure it out myself, I eventually turned to internet tutorials to help me out. Thank God for video tutorials. Was the final product worth all of the work? You tell me…
Jim Groom The Bachelor

Sounds of My Day

This assignment that I chose to do is titled “Sounds of Your Day” and is worth 3 points. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/sounds-of-your-day/

I completed this assignment by recording little clips of my day on my iPhone and then putting them all together in Audacity. Here’s the final product:

I’ll walk you through what all of these sounds are!

The very first sound is of bacon cooking. Because really, what better way is there to wake up than by the smell of bacon in your room from downstairs? The next sound is also from breakfast. The 3 beeps is the sound of my waffle maker letting me know that my waffle is ready!
After breakfast, my family and I went out and explored a bunch of different stores today. I decided to take a trip home this weekend and my parents and I always like to go to cool places together. Today we were out in Virginia Beach and this is one of the sound clips I recorded while we were in Trader Joes.
The next sound is from cooking dinner. It is the sound of our grill opening and then a steak being put on. Sound never tasted so good. The next clip that sounds like a saw is actually my dad cutting up the steak. He likes to use an automatic slicer (guess he thinks it’s cooler?).
The final sound clip is of the music playing at the end of the movie “Fury.” My parents and I watched it together and it was awesome!!
All-in-all, today was a really great day!

DS 106 Radio Bumper

This audio assignment was required this week. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/creat-a-ds106-radio-bumper/

This assignment was not too challenging, however, I’m not very creative so I was at a loss of what to do. I turned to http://www.freesound.org and used a couple of different downloadable sounds from that site. I pieced them together and layered some of them in Audacity and voila! This is definitely not a masterpiece, but it’s simple and gets the point across! Take a listen to my radio bumper: