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    Week 8: Radio Show Rodeo

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Of all the weeks we’ve had in DS106, this week was by far the most unique. Our focus was almost entirely on one single project: The group radio shows. Before we go over that, though, let’s touch on this week’s Daily Creates.

    Wednesday: The first TDC …

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    Radio Show Progress

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    At long last, the radio show is finally complete! It took quite a bit of work from everyone on the team, but we’re all extremely happy with how it turned out.

    I started this week by finishing up the rest of the bumpers, including the intro and outro. I love …

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    A Couple More Creates

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    This week, only two TDC’s had to be completed, which is great, considering how much of my focus has been on completing the radio show.

    Wednesday: For this week’s first prompt, we were asked to determine what the button mentioned in this comic strip could possibly …

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    Return of the Obra Dinn: A Reflection

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    With the first journal for Games & Culture coming to a close, it’s time to gather my thoughts on the experience I’ve had with Return of the Obra Dinn as a whole. In this post, I’ll go over the visuals, the gameplay, the storytelling, and how these …

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    The Seventh Summary

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    This week, we began work on our group radio show projects. Having met with my groupmates, Mason, Grace, and Bella, and with an outline formed of how we’d like our show to go, I can say I’m confident the final product will be amazing. There’s a ton …

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    Another Skin-Crawling Bumper

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    After creating the first bumper of my group’s radio show for a 2-star audio assignment in the assignment bank, I decided to do the same thing for this week’s second audio assignment. This time, as opposed to the cartoonish horror of the first bumper, I decided to …

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    A Monstrous Bumper

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    For the first audio assignment of this week, I’ve gone with the 2-star prompt to create a radio bumper. Using this assignment to my advantage, I’ve put together the first bumper for my group’s “Undergraduate Monster Wash” radio show! This bumper is intended to set a spooky mood, and there’s …

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    The Undergraduate Monster Wash Sticker

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    Here’s a sticker I’ve designed for my group’s radio show. Sticking with spooky Halloween theme we’ve established, I decided a Jack-o’-lantern would be the perfect choice for an icon. This may or may not end up being the official logo for the radio show, but for the time being, it’s …

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    What’s Up With This Radio Show?

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Progress on the radio show group project is coming along great! Having met with my groupmates, Mason, Grace, and Bella, we’ve put together a plan for our show that we’re really happy with. Currently, the show is planned to be a Halloween spectacular, with a collection of …

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    Weekly Summary 6: Signs of Designs

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Yet again, another week of DS106 has closed out. It seems like each one flies by faster than the last. Our focus this week was on design, the philosophy behind it, and its application.

    Intro to Design: Chip Kidd and More: In his book, Go: A Kidd’s …

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    A Bizarre Book Cover

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Using Alan’s 4-star prompt, I’ve designed my very own weird book cover. What’s more bizarre than a rat in a helmet getting cheese in outer space? This is actually the cover of a real book I’ve written! It’s a children’s book, so it isn’t anything to write …

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    Honest Bloodborne

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Following the 4-star assignment laid out by Cooper Graham, I’ve made an honest cover for the video game Bloodborne. As one of my favorite games, it was an easy selection to make. Those who have played Bloodborne will tell you it is NOT an easy game. Bloodborne, …

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    My Very Own Logo

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Following Dradoye’s 4-star prompt, I’ve created a logo for my website. Inspired by the logos for various late-night talk shows, such as The Tonight Show, I decided to go with a similar style, resulting in the logo you see here. The font used is simple and unornate, …

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    This Logo is a No-Go

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    Based on Jameson Whipple’s 4.5 star prompt to redesign a company’s logo to resemble that of their main competitor, I decided to reinterpret Nintendo‘s logo in the style of SEGA. Arguably the most famous corporate rivalry in history, it’s interesting to see how the relationship between these two video game …

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    What I Learned in Design School is…

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Despite having always possessed a passion for graphic design, I’d never truly considered the thought that goes into it. Typically, when designing a visual piece, I simply go with whatever feels creative and looks good. However, so much more goes into professional graphic design. In his book, …

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    Return of the Obra Dinn: Gaming Journal 9/26/21

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Finally! After uncovering every memory, I’ve managed to piece together the entire story of Return of the Obra Dinn! It wasn’t easy, and certainly took some trial and error, but managing to correctly identify the identities and fates of each crewmate is immensely satisfying. Of all the …

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    Weekly 5ummary

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    And that’s a wrap on Week 5! Though the photography theme of Week 4 was a lot of fun, I found myself enjoying audio-based storytelling far more. The process of shaping a narrative through sound alone is fascinating, and I’m always a fan of messing around in …

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    Radio Show Brainblast

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    In the coming weeks, members of this DS106 class will be placed into groups to create a 20-30 minute radio show. This show must be a narrative that ties into our course’s themes in some way. It’s a good idea beforehand to brainstorm some possibilities for this …

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    While My MIDI Gently Weeps

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    For my final task from the assignment bank, I’ve gone with Jennifer Hill’s 3-star prompt to convert a song into a MIDI file in order to produce the auditory illusion of hearing lyrics where there are none. I’ve heard this illusion plenty of times before, though I’ve …

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    ROAR from Another Room

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    It’s a Friday night. You’re alone in your dorm and are about to finish your homework before its due at midnight. Suddenly, one of your hallmates begins blasting music. Great. Now you can’t focus. Defeated, you lean back in your chair, staring up at the ceiling. You …

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    Unseen Scene

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Can you guess what movie this scene recreation is from?

    SPOILERS BELOW:

    For the first of my assignment bank submissions for this week, I went with Christiana Meyers’ 4-star prompt to recreate a scene from a movie using only sound effects. It took me a while to …

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    Three TDC’s

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    It wouldn’t be DS106 without Daily Creates! Once again, only three TDC’s were required for this week, and all of them were fairly simple.

    9/22: On Wednesday, the prompt given to us was to text a poem to the last person we’d messaged. For me, that person …

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    Galactic Empirical Radio Bumper

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    As part of the assignments for week 5, we’ve been given the task of creating a radio bumper. Having plenty of audacity experience, I was excited to begin messing around with sound effects to see what I could come up with. Though I originally intended to create …

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    Sounds from Another World

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    Countless mediums possess the potential for fascinating storytelling, and nothing proves this more than audio-based storytelling. Many may only consider audiobooks and nothing more when thinking of the storytelling capacity of audio, which is unfortunate, since there’s so much more than can be done with the medium. …

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    Arcade Reflection

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    I never thought I would find myself writing a follow-up to a visit to an arcade for a college class, but here we are! My visit to Reclaim Arcade was an absolute blast. In the past, I’ve been to places like Chuck E. Cheese, but I’ve never …

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    Weekly Reflection: Halfway Through September!

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    It’s that time of the week, boys and girls: Time for another weekly reflection! I had assumed that last week would be hard to top, but I’m very happy to say that I was wrong. Let’s start the recap with this week’s three Daily Creates.

    Daily Creates:…

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    Holy Quarter Pounder, Batman!

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    by Thomas Pulsifer

    For my final task from the assignment bank for this week, I chose the 2-star prompt of depicting a superhero in a dull, everyday situation. With Batman being my favorite superhero, the choice for which hero to have star in my picture was an obvious one. In …

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