1. mdunlap

    Our last encounter


    Overall, I think DS106 was a challenging class. There were no exams, which is definitely my downfall, but the work was very time consuming. I was surprised by the amount of work expected. I think if students would have had more software available to them, projects would have been easier. …

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    Amaryllis Trivia


    Amaryllis aka “Belladona Lilly ” Facts

    The name Amaryllis comes from the Greek word “amarysso” which means “to sparkle”.

    The Amaryllis is commonly referred to as the “‘Lilly” in South Africa, the UK and Italy. This is because the flower resembles a Lilly, but they are different. The flower is …

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    Dahlia trivia


    Dahlia Facts

    The Dahlia is native to Mexico, Columbia, and Central America.

    The species ‘Dahlia Pinnata’ is the National flower of Mexico. This Dahlia is also the official flower of Seattle, Washington.

    Dahlias have tuberous roots which enable them to store water.

    Before insulin was discovered for diabetics, the tuber …

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    Geramium Trivia


    Geranium Facts

    The Geranium is native to temperate, Mediterranean  and African regions around the world.

    There are over 422 species of Geraniums and they are commonly known as ‘cranesbill’. This name is derived from the seed capsule found on some species, which is shaped like the bill of a crane.…

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    Hyacinth Trivia


    Hyacinth Facts

    Hyacinths originated in Turkey, Mediterranean and African regions. Once again the Netherlands is the main producer of this plant.

    The flowers are star shaped unlike the grape hyacinth, in which the flowers resemble a cluster of grapes.

    March 7th is World Hyacinth Day.

    The origin of the Hyacinth …

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    Petunia Trivia


    Petunia Facts

    Petunias are native to South America and mainly produced in Argentina.

    Other plants in the Petunia family include gooseberries, tobacco, chili peppers, tomatoes, deadly nightshades(which is a toxic berry plant) and potatoes.

    The word Petunia originated from the French petun which means ‘tobacco’.

    Petunias attract moths and hummingbirds.…

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    Fun facts about Daffodils

    Daffodils are the national flower of Wales and they are traditionally worn on St. Davids day.

    If you were born in March, your birth flower is the Daffodil.

    The Daffodil symbolizes the Chinese New Year and is believed to bring good fortune, especially if it blooms …

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    Tulip Trivia



    The Tulip was discovered in Central Asia and was first produced by the Turks. From here the flower migrated to places like Europe and Holland.

    After the introduction of tulips in the early 1600′s, farmers started to produce and trade tulips for lots of money. From here new species …

  9. mdunlap

    Helpful Advice


    Dear Future Student,

    If you are planning to take Digital Story Telling in the near future, here are a few words of advice. If you take this class with Martha Burtis you will have no tests or quizzes, sounds great right. Wrong. There are a lot of projects in this …

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    Cherry Blossom


    Fun Facts about the Cherry Blossom

    Most people living in Virginia or attending the University of Mary Washington are familiar with Cherry Blossoms. These flowers bloom once a year and there is always a big festival held in Washington, DC. I have never been there but hear it is beautiful. …

  11. mdunlap

    Hard Times



    For my mashup I took scenes from the movie “Dick and Jane” and made kind of a montage about hard economic times. I wanted to use scenes from the movie “Office Space” too, which I thought I owned, but apparently not and neither did any of my friends, so …

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    mashup update


    I have finally decided what I am going to do for my mashup, an economic hard times montage. I have the movies picked out that I am going to use, just unsure about the music. I just hope I have some recording time left in my magic dvd ripper trial. …

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    For my mashup I have decided to either do a music remix or record over a movie since I have now mastered the whole video thing. Only took me 2 weeks of agonizing you know what. I found some helpful websites to use for the remix/mashup videos which I posted …

  14. mdunlap

    Good Old Navy


    Here is my video essay. I think some pieces got cut out so it might sound kind of weird and I can’t say the audio quality is the best but I have finally figured it out. In order to post on my blog I used the wordpress video plugin. In …

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    Here is my invisible video essay


    Well I am still waiting for vimeo to upload my video essay and it is too big to put on my blog post. The end of it also got cut off in vimeo. Oh well. When I get the URL and hopefully have no copyright issues I will post. Overall …

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    I have finally figured out how to post to delicious without the plugin. If you have firefox 4.0 you can log directly into delicious and on the upper right hand side there is a blue shaded area that allows you to save a new link. I did not see this …

  17. mdunlap

    project update


    Okay, so I am really not sure what I am supposed to be doing with this final project but here is an update. I am going to just keep working on several ideas since I am not sure how to present any of them yet. This past weekend I went …

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    So I have attempted to complete this video essay and have  gotten no where. I am using mpeg but all it does is show a picture every once in a while. Nothing is playing and there was no sound. Then I decided to re-install the newer version of quick time …

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    Too Many Options


    Okay, so my final project is not going so well. I think it is really difficult to come up with an idea because there are so many. I mean where do I start. I am also limited by materials and technology. Sure I could do an interview, but with what, …

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    Teaching with digital tools


    I read the post by Malanie McBride today http://melaniemcbride.net/2011/03/05/praxis-2-0/ and I have to admit I am not really sure what I was reading about. I watched the Disney remix of Alice and Wonderland and really have no idea why it was significant. I honestly thought that is was really annoying …

  21. mdunlap

    Best movie of the year.


    Here is my attempt at creating a web story. I am not very creative, so I decided to use IMDB to edit a movie review. I choose the movie Hot Fuzz which I have seen a few times and is very funny. I did not edit pictures because I was …

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    delicious posts


    So firefox kept bugging me to update to firefox 4.0, so finally I gave in. Now I no longer am able to use the delicious add on and I can not use all of the video add on. Anyone else having this problem. I guess I will have to figure …

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    Awkward Moments


    This was the title of our radio show. While putting together this show, I quickly realized that I have no idea how to work with audacity. Since I was recording stories from my friends in a game chat room, some how the settings on my laptops built in mic got …

  24. mdunlap



    Over the past weekend I tuned into ds106 radio to listen to two 30 minute segments. The first show I listened to was about a girl who kept dreaming about herself and some strange mystical creature. I personally thought this sounded like a segment from a movie, but could not …

  25. mdunlap

    Amazing Album


    For my visual assignment I choose to do an album cover. I used picnic to crop and change the photo a bit. Unfortunately I don’t have any premium access or photo-shop so I could not do much with the photo. I tried to add color to the eyes and lips, …

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    On This Day


    google history

    I choose to do a design assignment for this week and picked “On this Day”. For this assignment you search “On this day in history” and inserted your birthday. I was actually surprised because I did not get a whole lot of information. The BBC website (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/28/newsid_3725000/3725961.stm) actually …

  27. mdunlap

    Final project


    This is my first post on the final project and I can honestly say I have no idea what I am going to do. I like taking photos so I guess I will incorporate some pictures. Wish I had photo-shop, it would make life a lot easier. I was hoping …

  28. mdunlap

    First Day


    For our assignment I listened to First Day. This story was mainly about the first day something occurred.  Examples given were first day on the job or first day going to a new school. I really enjoyed listening to the stories. I did notice the use of breaks between speaking …

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    Radio reading


    After reading Radio: an Illustrated Guide, I was a little disappointed. I thought the information presented was a little choppy and I did not quite understand the comics. I know visuals normally make reading more interesting but I found it rather distracting. I was hoping the comics would present the …

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