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  1. chrisRandles

    the end

    DS106 has been a very interesting course. I enrolled the course with no real preconception of what it would contain, and maybe that’s the best way to take this course.  It’s not for everybody, I would assume, and there were parts of the class that I enjoyed (mash-ups) more than others (radio show). That’s going ...
  2. chrisRandles

    The Last Chapter

    So, in the hour and some odd minutes between Spanish and DS106, I have here, my last edition of my final project. I chose to knock out another mashup assignment, this one entitled ds106 Mashup, where the name of the game is to take two assignments that were created by fellow DS106 students, and well, ...
  3. chrisRandles

    BEHOLD, the DATA!

    I procrastinated on starting this assignment quite a bit. My course load for Software Engineering has overshadowed most of my other classes, and I’m doing my best. Anyways, this weekend I sought out to make some good progress on this assignment.  Previously, I found a data source, and I wanted to put it to use. ...
  4. chrisRandles

    back on track

    Sooo, I’ve been busy. Haven’t had the sort of time I’d like to put towards this class, but I’m here with another edition of “Take One” (I’m working on leaving some assignments, I swear!). This week, I decided to try my hand on Spreadsheet Invasion, mostly because it sounded deceptively sinister. Anyways, the concept was ...
  5. chrisRandles


    I’ve been thinking about this mash-up project, and since day one I wanted to do something with data. I have, however, been insanely busy, and have barely had a chance to look into it until today. So, yes, this post about what it is I’m doing is insanely late, but it is what it is. ...
  6. chrisRandles

    this will do

    So, video essays…   Commentary from c r on Vimeo. There’s mine. I don’t know how I feel about this assignment. It was really tough to even choose a movie, let alone one that I could talk about. And, for the purposes of this assignment, you really have to choose the “right” kind of movie, ...
  7. chrisRandles


    Brian Lamb? and Melanie McBride bring up interesting points about the remix/mash-up in their respective articles, Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix and Praxis 2.0: Escaping the edu-travelogue. It’s interesting to note that DS106 more or less consists entirely of remixes and mash-ups and the hidden variables ...
  8. chrisRandles

    short. sweet. common. objects.

    This week’s Take One features a visual assignment, Common everyday object or Common everyday object (it’s double posted, go figure). The rules for this assignment were simple, take a photo of a common object, and manipulate the color. My first thought: keys. So that’s what I took a photo of. The issue? Keys don’t contain much ...
  9. chrisRandles


    Find a website, much around in the HTML, and create a story. Oh, my.   I’ve had a few ideas kicking around in my head since we got the assignment.  Some of those included telling odd stories in Wikipedia, but the amount of content needed sort of threw me off — and then the story ...
  10. chrisRandles


    This time around, I chose the design project “Warning“.  The task of the assignment was to create a warning label for something that exists only in a movie or in your imagination. My first thought: the time traveling Delorean from Back to the Future. But I couldn’t find a cool picture that I wanted to ...
  11. chrisRandles

    you are listening to…

    THE lounge DS106 RADIO! I’ve got to say, when this assignment was thrown at us, I thought it was all a little unfair. Midterms, spring break, a new medium, and 30 minutes of content to produce. Our first “deliverable” was to create 5 minutes of content, and we were given a week to do so. ...
  12. chrisRandles

    a random post

    SO, as per my final project, I delved deep into the site and found an interesting assignment I wanted to tackle this week, “An Album Cover“. The task: make a cool album cover. The challenge: the title of the band, album, and picture for the cover are all random. This sounded pretty cool to ...
  13. chrisRandles

    american listen

    Right off the bat, I felt like Ira Glass’s four-part series (starting here) was more informational and useful than the Radio comic.  Ira talked about how to tell a story (and reflect upon that story), how to find a story, having good taste (and applying it), and common errors broadcasters make, and I took these ...
  14. chrisRandles

    radio reading

    response to reading: Radio: An Illustrated Guide I’m not a fan of comics.  Looking past that fact, using a graphic novel to introduce the art of radio is definitely an interesting idea.  Even so, I was not fond of this medium/presentation.  All of the little anecdotes were mildly interesting, but not interesting enough. It seemed ...
  15. chrisRandles

    averaging concepts using Flickr

    The assignment: “Take a concept, one word, and plug it into Flickr and take the first 50 images and average them using Photoshop or similar program.” The instructions: “Averaging Concepts in Flickr” While looking through the Visual & Design assignments over at the ds106 site, I saw this visual assignment, and had to check it ...
  16. chrisRandles

    Team O: Mini Daily Shoot

    Main class challenge post: here. Team O Members: Chris Randles, Jared Spears, Jacob Bowman, Patrick Taitt, Travis Bishop Part Two of our Class Challenge on 2-10-11 Mini Daily Shoot: You must take photos to fulfill five photo prompts (provided on cards). When you are done, you must construct a meaningful narrative around the photos you’ve ...
  17. chrisRandles

    5card flickr story: the abduction

    Five Card Story: the abduction a Five Card Flickr story created by chrisRandles flickr photo credits: (1) bionicteaching (2) krutscjo (3) lesliemb (4) krutscjo (5) bionicteaching It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was tasked with being the chauffeur for my little brother. He had a birthday party to go to, some chipmunk ...
  18. chrisRandles

    the big caption

    An interesting assignment, full of possibilities — take any random photo from The Big Picture and add typographical text elements in a way that changes the message, in the spirit of The Big Caption. It took me a little while to decide which assignment I’d choose for this week, I must admit.  I spent some ...
  19. chrisRandles

    favicons & html

    Yesterday I was looking at my default image icon for my twitter & flickr accounts and decided I had to do something about it. So, using the flickr I searched for some creative commons images. I ended up liking this image: by Leo Reynolds. Uploading it to Twitter and such was easy enough, and I ...
  20. chrisRandles

    first assignment: the animated gif

    So, the first assignment – make an animated gif out of a scene from a movie that you either love or hate.  Admittedly, I managed to not read the due date, and I did a bit of slacking before I even figured that out, but here it is. A touching scene from the 2009 movie, ...

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