1. kpyrtle

    All You’ll Ever be is MEAN.

        So there is this group of girls at my school, they call themselves “The Plastics,” who on earth wants to be referred to as plastic? Anyways, they are incredibly mean to everyone and usually they don’t even have a reason to be. They are even mean to each other! Always telling secrets about […]
  2. cogdog

    There is a Place Like Not Home

    Weeks and weeks had passed by, like listless grass blowing down the dirt lane, since she had returned home. Still, no one was going to challenge Dorothy as the saddest person in Seward County, perhaps in all of West Kansas. Not the moping cows, not even the Rogers family who lost their grain silo, two sons, and a new tractor in a freak silo toppling could compete. “Why was I so gung ho to come back to this puke bucket of a town?” she whispered inside her head. “Auntie Em is nice, but as exciting and dumb as a door post. And Uncle Henry? His breath reeks of wet corn and all he was really interested in was prepping for the winter hunt. Guns, cleaning guns, oiling guns, guns. With seismic sighs, she resolved herself to be a spinster who would watch the world drive past, right on through Liberal, ...
  3. cogdog

    Dorothy and Robert Mix It Up

    This should be the last piece of media for my Dorothy ds106 story. I have been wanting to the dialog mashup assignment since I heard the first examples from listening to the stellar examples from The Truth’s episode of Movie Mashups: As demonstrated by the Movies Mashup episode of the radio show The Truth, take two different movies and extract the dialogues scenes of actors form each, then re-edit them to create a story as if the characters from different movies were in the same conversation. Listen to examples from the show including The Terminator and Legally Blonde (“Terminally Blonde”) and from the TV shows that become “The Sopranos in the West Wing.” The challenge is to take two different movies, slice up the audio for different characters in each, and then re-edit them as if there were having a coherent dialogue. That should be about 92 stars. I knew ...
  4. cogdog

    What is Dorothy Doing Shopping at the Villaggio?

    Another element I am using in my story is that Dorothy figure ut that to return to Oz, she would need to go shopping and find a new pair of ruby slippers, since you cannot expect to just fall out of the sky again and land on another witch. So she has to go shopping somewhere upscale. For this piece of the story, I used the Wait, Where’d That Guy Come From? assignment (fun because I never dis that one before): Photoshop someone(s) (or something(s)) into a picture that isn’t supposed to be there. I did some searching on photos of high end shoe stores, but somehow the thought of Dorothy shopping for shoes in the Villaggio (located in Doha, Qatar) worked for me- using this Travelblog photo. Here is Dorothy (and Toto too) slyly shopping for magic shoes in Doha: To mix her in the crowd, I would need ...
  5. cogdog

    Travel Hippy Style With Ozmomatics

    As part of a ds106 final project story I am doing based on the Wizard of Oz, I have a part where Dorothy decides to go back to Oz. Not knowing how to find another tornado to whip her house (no one in Liberal, Kansas could explain how the house that was whipped to Oz was back in Kansas in tact. Continuity issues at the tourist trap). I decided to to the Storytelling Within the Web assignment hoping to find a travel agency with a hippy theme: From the Spring 2011 ds106 class came the idea of changing up an existing web page to tell a new story ” you will be intervening in the code and design of a website of your choice to tell a story. You are not to photoshop the design of the site, but rather intervene in the actual html and CSS of the site—though ...
  6. cogdog

    emoH ekiL ecalP oN s’erehT

    In my story of Dorothy getting bored in Kansas, I wanted to have a way for her to go back to Oz, and the easiest way would be via the Play It Backward, Jack ds106 assignment: Things always look super weird when you play them in reverse, don’t they? So take a video of something in your life–someone running, the toilet flushing, the sink dripping, someone spitting, whatever–and reverse it! They not only look weird, but they sound weird. I used the “No Place Like Home” clip from YouTube, already saved as mp4 from my previous work. I brought this into iMovie, and edited the Clip to make it go in reverse. I added a bit of fade out on the end, visual effect of “Cartoon” and Audio effect of “Echo”, all to give it a freaky kind of satanic feel: Just keep repeating that, and you might go back ...
  7. cogdog

    Keep Clicking Those Ruby GIF Slippers

    What could be more key and symbolic of the magic of Oz than the red slippers that Dorothy snagged from the Wicked Witch who got mushed by her flying house? The fact that Dorothy always had the magic but did not know it until sparkly Good Witch clued her in. This GIF is done for the classic ds106 Say it Like Peanut Putter assignment Make an animated gif from your favorite/least favorite movie capturing the essence of a key scene. Make sure the movement is minimal but essential. I knew an animated GIF of the shoes would be part of my new story. So I used PwnYouTube to download the video for the “No Place Like Home” clip as an mp4 I opened this in MPEG StreamClip to snag just the 2 second segment of the shoes flopping. I opened it in QuickTime player to then save it as a ...
  8. cogdog

    She Would Rather Party in Oz

    Why was Dorothy so set n going back to drab, black and white Kansas? Was Auntie Em that much of the life of the party? If the truth were told, she would have expressed her desire to hang out with those wild Munchkins: As part of my evolving Dorothy story, this is the ds106 Truthful Movie Poster assignment Imagine if movie posters told the REAL story about the fillm they’re advertising. Redesign an existing movie poster by changing the text/images to tell us the real story. More examples at http://www.holytaco.com/classic-taco-if-movie-posters-were-honest. Of course, I am making up what is real (cause that serves the higher concept of my story, meh). There are lots of posters out there to work from- I liked the bold motif of a poster for the Tybee Arts Association: The bottom text was easy to clone brush out in PhotoShop. I went for a few more details, ...
  9. cogdog

    Which Side of the Rainbow, Dorothy?

    Dorothy seems timeless even looking back at the Wizard of Oz from maybe 80 years past its time. But her statue I saw on the streets of Liberal Kansas seemed kind of old, maybe it was just the texture of the metal, but I speculated she might get nostalgic for her own youth (or at least mobility): I made this for my story project as a response to the Then-Now-Together ds106 assignment: Edit a childhood photo of yourself to include a more recent photo of you in a pose that makes it look like you were part of the original scene. Pay attention to matching pose, detail, and color values to match the original. You can go back to your past, at least in your own edited photo! Okay, it was not “me” but my character. And Dorothy is young and innocent enough in Oz to qualify for childhood. I ...
  10. cogdog

    GIFing the Streets of Liberal

    On my trek home earlier this month, I picked off of the map a route in Kansas that would take me through the near Texas border town of “Liberal” – which I read on a plaque has nothing to do with politics– it was in reference to the sharing of water liberally by the first settler. It’s created draw of interest is being where Dorothy’s house (a replica thereof) sits so there is a lot of Oz-ification cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog There are a number of Dorothy statues on the streets. I was intrigued of some over the shoulder photos as maybe she gazed wistfully at a fun shriner convention across the street: cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog This lead me to do a series of rapid shots in succession to get the blur of traffic going by Dorothy, ...
  11. kpyrtle

    What Mean Girls Do Best…

    This is “Supercut It,” it is video assignment 608 and worth 5 stars! The assignment reads, “Create a supercut montage of overused dialogue, themes, motifs, filmmaking techniques, etc. for a particular character, tv show, film, and/or public figure. A supercut is a “fast-paced montage of short video clips that obsessively isolates a single element from […]
  12. anyideas

    What’s Inside You? (Tutorial)

    the WIRED Feature – What’s Inside You? assignment is actually quite simple despite the 4 star rating. The most difficult part was figuring out What’s Inside Me? Even this can be quite simple if you ask yourself the right questions. I used this assignment to create character profiles for my final project. Getting Started First thing I suggest doing is open up your favorite word processor program and type “What’s in Me?” This is the fundamental question for this assignment Now we need to come up with 5+ words which represent us, these will usually be nouns or adjectives. Think about extracurricular activities you are involved in (Music, Sports, Art), Courses you Enjoy (Math, Science, History), … Continue reading
  13. anyideas

    Evolution and Natural Selection

    At my house we are currently in the middle of a move, so this means going through all the millions of boxes of your family’s stuff and deciding what stays and what goes. While rummaging through these boxes I came across my sisters old cell phone… a brick of a phone if I ever saw one and it made me think about how this thing come to be the slim things we have today. Thus we have Product Evolution, an assignment where you make a YouTube video showing the progression of technology through the ages. There where already these types of videos  out there, and plenty on computers and cell phones.  So … Continue reading
  14. anyideas


    This is an assignment I did way back but Alan had suggested I use my version of it as a assignment submissions so I created Text Impersonations, where you took a text based conversation and impersonate their voices. The process of making the conversation was quite simple. I recorded my voice reading the messages, as close as possible to what I wanted them to sound like, and changed the pitch, speed, and frequency of each clip. I knew the person who posted the Status though most of the people who commented I had no idea who they were so I had to get creative with the way their text conveyed into sound. The two people with … Continue reading
  15. sgtsocks

    The Final Post

    My final summary, then I’m heading home for break! So, here is my final story. I tried my best to make a short story that implemented what I do with EMS and make it fun. Sure, I didn’t entirely go into someone getting hurt, or me fixing them, but I showed what would happen and how we would respond. I took a look into what a 911 call would sound like, how we would be dispatched, what units would be necessary for the situation. I had fun creating it because I love spreading the word and knowledge of what we do. Most people don’t understand everything we do, but when … Continue reading
  16. amelialord

    The Summation

    To end the semester I: did the The Grand Finale: this changed from my original proposal because once I starting making the projects I just wanted to go with the next thing that popped into my head. I like how it turned out, I think it tells the most detailed story I have told this semester, and flows very well. In week 3 I wrote the Definition of Digital Storytelling to me. I still agree with my definition, generally digital storytelling is was way to share stories through various media’s to a large audience. I made two assignments, two tutorials and suggested two daily creates which you can find in my Creations category Best ...
  17. amelialord

    The Grand Finale

    My grand finale has a few parts: Part 1 My story starts with a girl, named Eliza, who is soon to graduate from college. She, like most other college girls, is looking at her Pinterest in hopes the answers to all her finals will magically be “pinned” . She is looking at the Travel section and searched Italy. She HAS to go! Part 2 Eliza really wants to go to Italy, but how will she pay for an extravagant trip right out of college. Her parents have been pressuring her about applying for jobs and finding an edge to be noticed above her peers, what could make them think wasting a few ...
  18. amelialord

    Post Card from Paradise

    Greetings from ds106 “Tell us where you are, where you’re from, or simply where you’d rather be and build a greeting card.” Part 3 Being the good daughter she is, Eliza sent her parents a post card from paradise filling them in on her amazing trip. The back says: “Mom and Dad, I am having the best time. I picked up this post card outside the Pantheon, and sat down outside to enjoy the sunshine and culture. Rome is a huge city, luckily their subway only has 2 lines, so it’s not too hard to get where you’re going. Can’t wait to see you when I get home, and start ...
  19. amelialord

    Capture the Moment

    Screen Capture Story “get footage of something you do on your computer that tells a story.”   This is part 3 to my final story. Part 2 Eliza has shown her parents the Newsweek and they bought it! They are buying her tickets to her Italian adventure as a graduation present. Part 4 I made this video by downloading CaptureMe and taking a series of 10 second screen recordings. Then I combined the recordings with iMovie.
  20. amelialord

    Newsweek Provokes Need

    Mocking Up A Newsweek Cover “Make up a Newsweek cover. You may design this in such a way as to satirize the topic, or Newsweek, or both. You must select a powerful image and a pithy title.” Here is my cover  This is part two of my final story. Part 1 Eliza really wants to go to Italy, but how will she pay for an extravagant trip right out of college. Her parents have been pressuring her about applying for jobs and finding an edge to be noticed above her peers, what could make them think wasting a few weeks in Italy would be worth their money.. a Newsweek cover ...
  21. amelialord

    Pinterest Peaks Interest

    Storytelling within the Web “the idea of changing up an existing web page to tell a new story ” you will be intervening in the code and design of a website of your choice to tell a story. You are not to photoshop the design of the site, but rather intervene in the actual html and CSS of the site—though you can photoshop particular images on the site. Essentially you alter the content of a web page (content, images) to make it tell a new story.” You can see my site here This is part one to my final story: My story starts with a girl, named Eliza, who is soon to ...
  22. sgtsocks

    That’s All Folks!

    Alright everyone, this is it. For all my DS successors, good luck in your endeavors. This class is what you make of it, so make it awesome. And here it is, my Looney Rescue Story. Full Craiglist Ad can be found here: http://p.webremixes.org/bkzimwcu     So I wanted to do something within the confines of my passion for Fire and Rescue. If you read my planning post, you knew this was coming. I was given some ideas on how to make a more compelling story by changing the subject and making it less real and more fiction. @Cogdog mentioned cartoons and I dropped all the ideas I had. I had … Continue reading
  23. kpyrtle

    Dear Future DS106ers,

    I made this BEAUTIFUL collage of Keep Calm posters just for you! All semester I procrastinated, each week I told myself “This week I will start monday” but as Monday rolled around, I never did! So please, START ASAP. (If ASAP to you is SUNDAY, just don’t bother). And when your instructor tells you a […]
  24. kpyrtle

    Karma Catchers!

    This is web assignment 713, “Storytelling Within The Web.” It is worth 5 stars! The assignment reads: “From the Spring 2011 ds106 class came the idea of changing up an existing web page to tell a new story ” you will be intervening in the code and design of a website of your choice to […]
  25. ericgreenlaw

    My Ideas for Stuff

    Daily Creates: Make a video of yourself eating something you hate Take a picture of one of your favorite somethings, playing a sport, watching tv, a special token, whatever it is. Assignments: Remix one of your favorite tv shows so that it includes your family Take a video of someone and see how long you […]

UMW Spring 2024 (Bond & Groom)

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