1. @JillianAviva

    The End of The E.N.D.


    For the final assignment of DS 106, Elaina and I decided to team up and revisit our storyline from the audio weeks. We wanted to delve deeper into our stories. During our original planning, we thought we would do another podcast, but as we continued to plan and discuss, we …

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    How to DS 106-ify a Movie


    The movie I watched this week was The Quiet Earth. On Tuesday, after lunch, I decided to go to the DS 106 movie watching meet-up, but I was the only student there during the whole movie…BUT it was an entertaining movie and it was nice to watch it on a …

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    Making My Own Assignments


    I love how this class is not just a professor assigning specific assignments and spewing out information. Rather, we are able to have some freedom in choosing our assignments, and we can even make some of our own. Earlier in the semester, I created a design assignment called Charity Ad.

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    Week Ten…Not So Zen


    This has been quite a busy week. I knew I did not have much time this week so I made sure to get my daily creates and planning out of the way quickly.

    My first daily create was a flying flower, which I drew early in the morning before I …

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    How to Read a Movie


    Generally, I only read a film when it is in another language, but this week I learned how to read any and all films. In Robert Ebert’s article, How to Read a Movie,  I found it interesting how the placement and movement of characters in a film have such a …

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    Tune in to Week Nine


    Week Nine was rather light on the workload, which was definitely nice! The main focus of this week was tuning in to the radio shows, which was a blast! I listened to Alt-F4 and that survival group did an amazing job producing their show! Unfortunately, I was unable to tune …

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    Bumper Sticker Remake


    To revise an old assignment, I decided to choose the bumper sticker that I made for my radio show, Survivors at Sunrise. Even though I took a long time to design the one I submitted, I was still not completely satisfied with it. After editing it once again, I can …

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    The Apocalypse Killed the Radio Show


    So the radio shows are over. Honestly, this makes me a little sad because it was a fun time creating, producing and listening to another group’s radio show. Bonding with my survival group as we brainstormed and recorded our show was one of my most favorite parts of this course …

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    Week 7 and 8, and Feeling Great


    The focus for these past weeks was the radio show, which I really enjoyed creating! I appreciated the opportunity to meet with my survival group in person and learn from them. It brought a new level to this course that was not possible through solely online interactions. And the fact …

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    Continuing the Sunrise Radio Show


    Before meeting with my survival group to begin recording our radio show, I wrote out an outline of my segment, Suck it up with Tala. This preparation helped the process of recording go faster and smoother. However, we did have a little brainstorming and collaboration on each of our segments …

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    The Rising Sun on Our Radio Show


    Lauren, Elaina, and Alyssa and I met in the HCC/ over facetime this week to discuss our radio show. I must say it was a change to communicate with people in this class in person. It was really fun bouncing ideas around and getting inspired by each other and our …

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    DesignBlitzing @ UMW


    This designblitz took me on quite the adventure around campus. I took pictures in the UC for hierarchy and color; the boardgames sign on the TV emphasizes “boardgames” by putting the word in larger size text, in the poster about watching the Olympics, they used the colors from the Olympic …

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    How to Design


    The videos of Scher and Carson, as well as the tutorials on Canva, made me realize how being creative and taking risks is an important part of design. Although through some of the Canva tutorials created structured “rules” on how to align your design correctly and how to …

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    Shaving my Head for Childhood Cancer Research


    For my second design assignment, I decided to add my own assignment to the assignment bank. The assignment I made is to create an ad for a charity. I created an ad for St. Baldrick’s, which raises money and awareness for children’s cancer research. In about three weeks, I will …

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    Tala’s Word Cloud


    I used wordclouds.com to create my character, Tala’s word cloud. I used her backstory to retrieve the words for her cloud, and I deleted the filler and unimportant words so the word cloud would be more representative of her. I decided to make her cloud in the shape of a …

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    Tala in Her Natural Enviroment


    I placed Tala in a lush environment, standing on a rock next to a river. As an ecology major, she would find her self amongst nature quite often. I believe she would find peace and connection with nature because she has minimal connection with other humans.

    To keep her prepared …

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    How to Survive Week Five


    This week I told myself I would get my work done in a timely manner. I started out the week well by gaining my bearings and watching all of the videos and going through the resources for the week. On Wednesday, I got thinking about my character, Tala Madeira and …

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    Don’t Follow Strange Noises


    Exploring Frequnecy 2156  was a unique and fun experience. I really enjoyed its collaborative strategy to creating a digital story. It is intriguing to imagine people from all parts of the world experiencing the end and trying to communicate with one another. This crowd-sourced audio lets the listeners add in …

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    Learning about Audio


    Personally, I do not have experience creating audio, but I do enjoy listening to audio. I have always appreciated podcasts and I have been using them to get through long car rides and tedious tasks for years. I completely agree with Jad Abumrad from RadioLab that listening to stories can …

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    Tala Madeira: The Lone Wolf


    Name: Tala Madeira

    Apocalypse Archetype: The Lone Wolf

    Tala was born into a middle-class family in the Northwestern corner of Arkansas. However, she has minimal memory of this. At the young age of three, Tala was taken by the government to be trained as a child spy.

    She spent her …

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    Writing for The End



    In the event of an apocalypse, do you think you’d be the kind of person to hoard your supplies (for yourself and your loved ones) or would you share them with those around you in need? Why or why not?

    Honestly, I would be the kind …

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    My Storage Container Home


    The year is 2025 and I live in post-apocalyptic D.C. in my storage container tiny house. During the years of the apocalypse, my home protected me from viral diseases and extreme, destructive natural disasters. Now that the initial collapse of the old society has died down, I have been adjusting …

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    A Dirty New World


    Finally, the humans are gone. The humans, along with all other “living” beings were obliterated in the apocalypse. Even for me, a mere speck of dirt, the apocalypse was absolutely terrifying. I was thrown around from field to forest to sidewalks to anywhere you can imagine. I am so relieved …

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