1. Aaron

    Advice to Future DS106ers


    To those who are considering registering for ds106:

    This class is definitely worth taking, provided you have enough time to dedicate to it. The hands-on, intensive format will challenge and stretch those who put in enough to get something valuable back out. You can expect two primary benefits:

    First, you …

  2. Aaron

    Beneath – Completed!


    I am pleased to present the culmination of my efforts at making a game for the ds106 final project: Beneath. Go ahead and try it out.

    I hope that you enjoyed playing it as much as I did making it! It definitely ended up being much more work than I …

  3. Aaron

    Beneath – Incorporating Sound


    Perhaps the most noticeable change in this update to Beneath is the incorporation of sounds effects. Doors now creak when opened, bang when shut, and rattle if they are locked. Furniture makes a sliding sound when it is moved. And picking up items make two different “pickup” sounds, depending on …

  4. Aaron

    Beneath – AI!


    Here is the latest update to Beneath, the game that I have been working on for my final project in ds106. There have been a number of changes from my last update:

    First, you’ll notice that there is now a title screen introducing the game and providing instructions for playing. …

  5. Aaron

    Beneath – another update


    For this update of the game, I moved away from general “make a game engine” type activities, and started focusing on creating the story that I want to tell. So gone are the two test areas you’ve been seeing for a while; they’ve been replaced with the first two screens …

  6. Aaron

    Remix Readings


    What is interesting about McBride’s essay is how I can see echos of it in ds106. As she states, the essay isn’t specifically about the remix, but rather formal versus informal learning discussed within the context of remixing. Even so, she raises important issues about remixing such as copyright and …

  7. Aaron

    Video Essay – my first problem!


    I started on the ds106 video assignment today and ran into an issue right away. After ripping a DVD to my hard drive, I wanted to create a few short clips using MPEG Streamclip to test out Windows Movie Maker. Unfortunately, I was getting no picture or sound when trying …

  8. Aaron

    Beneath – now with (some) interactivity


    Here is another update to Beneath. My focus since last time has been figuring out how to allow the player to interact with their environment in ways beyond merely walking about. Here are a few changes you may notice…

    Most obvious is that there now a new starting area – …

  9. Aaron

    Life Discovered on Mars


    Here is my contribution to the web storytelling segment of ds106. The assignment was to modify a real, recognizable web page to tell a story; for mine I modified a special report the BBC did on the history of Mars exploration. In this re-imagined reality, however, advanced life was discovered. …

  10. Aaron

    Little Green Men


    For the Web Storytelling portion of DS106, we are tasked with taking a page on a well-known website of our choice, and modifying the content in it to tell a story. After all the fun with had in class on our trip to the moon, I thought it would be …

  11. Aaron

    Beneath Update



    Here is another update to my final project, Beneath. First, check it out. Just click on the window and move around with the arrow keys. Also, turn up your speakers or put on some headphones.


    There were three majors changes in this version: music, lighting, and triggers.

  12. Aaron

    On the Docks – SFX Story


    Today is the big day for the ds106 audio projects: everyone will be unveiling their 30 minute radio shows starting at 2pm! In the meantime, here is a small sample from the show Patrick and I created, Tales of the Town. This segment is a sound effects story, exploring an …

  13. Aaron

    Beneath – now with stuff


    There have been a number of changes to the game since my last update. Perhaps the most immediately useful is that it now has a working name – “Beneath.” So now you can call it that instead of “Galagonwagon’s game project thing.”

    Check out a demonstration of the new stuff …

  14. Aaron

    Final Project


    After much deliberation, I decided last week that I would make a game for the final project. Initially I had wanted to do something with photography, perhaps continuing the daily shoot or experimenting with taking portraits of strangers as noise professor has been doing. But I settled on a game …

  15. Aaron

    New DS106Radio Toys


    In celebration of the completion of my last midterm ever, and the onset of spring break, I present to you some new toys from the DS106 Radio Twitterbot…


    Ever curious who the most prolific live broadcasters are? Here are the top ten:

    Broadcast Title Occurences James Groom’s Broadcast 155…
  16. Aaron

    Personal Highlights


    Yesterday I highlighted some great work by others in the class; today I’ll share work of mine that I’m particularly happy with. While I don’t consider myself to have particularly developed artistic skills, something I’ve enjoyed about this course is not only seeing some of my work turn out better …

  17. Aaron

    The Best of DS106


    There has been a lot of great work coming out of DS106. From visual assignments like the minimalist movie poster, animated GIF, and playlist poetry to the Daily Shoot to the insanity that is ds106radio, it’s been a wild ride so far. Let me take this opportunity to highlight some …

  18. Aaron

    The audacity of it all


    So for the Audio & Sound portion of ds106, we will be using Audacity as our audio tool. After all of the installation blah blah who cares stuff, I thought it might be interesting to create a recording to see how Audacity works. But not just any recording, like a …

  19. Aaron

    Minimalist Movie Poster: Speed


    Design Assignment:.

    Create a tv/movie poster that captures the essence of the story through the use of minimalist design/iconography.

    Speed may not be the pinnacle of film, but the theme of the movie lends itself to a design aesthetic like this. Abstract concepts can be hard to distill, but …

  20. Aaron

    Four Icon Challenge


    This is my contribution to the ds106 Visual Assignment “Four Icon Challenge”:

    Reduce a movie, story, or event into it’s basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons.

    As you might guess, it was hand-drawn and then scanned.…

  21. Aaron

    The Daily Shoot and Creativity


    CogDog asked a thought-provoking question on his blog recently: has the daily shoot improved my photography?

    This is a great question. I’m not sure if there is a simple yes or no answer for me. I’ve played with photography off and on over the years, enough to develop some basic …

  22. Aaron

    All about the @ds106radio twitterbot


    Earlier this week, as the the ds106radio-mania was in full frenzy, I tweeted the following idea to #ds106 (which Jim promptly retweeted to the masses):

    Who can program it? Well actually Jim, now that you ask, I can program it. It seemed like a fun little project, so I …

  23. Aaron

    Taking a break…


    … from our regularly scheduled thinking, I submit to you several reasons why I’m glad I no longer live in DC:

    I hate 66 more than ever. I’m on 3 hours now Hopelessly stuck in traffic … We’ve moved three car lengths in the past hour! O.o Yeah apparently it’s…

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