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Sickness Strikes in Week Four

Sickness Strikes in Week Four

Sickness starting circulating at UMW and while I have thankful help off from the worst, I have been feeling not to hot all week and trying to sleep it off. This lead to a lag in my participation unfortunately. I looked at twitter every day […]

Visual Narratives in the Superhero Universe

Visual Narratives in the Superhero Universe

The first reading “Telling Stories in Photos” focuses on how to take better pictures and explains how they can be more than just a picture. The reading referenced a famous photo of a migrant mother. That picture is not only an image of the mother, […]

A Photographer in the Age of Smartphones

A Photographer in the Age of Smartphones

As of late, I only really take pictures using my phone. I do have a decent digital camera,  but I almost ever use it because most of my photos are very spur of the moment. When I was younger and mostly took pictures with my camera, I did try to get certain emotions across in my photos, although I’m not sure how often I actually succeeded. I thought they portrayed the emotions I wanted, but I never really showed them to anyone else to get their opinion on them.

New my photos usually consist of one of two things: clouds or animals, neither of which evoke much emotion beyond “that’s pretty” or “aw”. I also just like taking pictures of nature in general. I’m pretty much a homebody so when I do go out into nature I like to take pictures of it so that I can bring it into my space through pictures. I like clouds because although they look very similar, if you catch them at the right moment there can be something unique about them: a towering shape or the colors of the sunset bleed into them. Although they do not evoke any particular emotion, I like to think my pictures a pretty decent. Even if others do not like them, I do and they make me happy to see them.

Exploring My Apartment Through Photoblitz

Exploring My Apartment Through Photoblitz

For this assignment, we had to use Photoblitz. Photoblitz gives you several photo assignments that you have 20 minutes to complete. When reviewing the list, I saw a few things that I knew I could get pictures of pretty easily so I decided to do […]

Saturated Sunset

Saturated Sunset

For my last assignment, I chose a two star photo editing assignment that said we needed to switch up the mood of a picture. For this assignment I used a free photo editing software to adjust certain aspect of the first image to change the […]

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

For this 2.5 start assignment, I had to take a picture of all of the stuff in my purse.

Inventory:

  • Book I am reading (This one is Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill-Stephen Kings son)
  • Phone cord with wall and car adapter
  • 15 lip products
  • Many pens
  • Lots of change
  • Movie ticket for It
  • Keys
  • Wallet
  • “Just-In-Case” bag (multiple medicines, chap stick, nail file and clippers, band aides, wipes, hand sanitizer, earplugs, etc.)
  • More Advil
  • 2 types of mints
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Cough drops (I am attempting to keep a small cold from turning worse)
  • Snacks (for when I am at work since I work during the usual lunch time)
  • Lens wipe and cloth
  • Blotting paper

Although I generally carry a smaller purse while out on-campus. My main bag is a large over the shoulder. I am one of those people who like to have everything but the kitchen sink on them at any given time just in case I need it (or someone I’m with). I will admit that is is technically an edited version of what is in my bag because I chose to clear out the months of receipts that I had shoved into the bottom and side pockets before taking this picture. Besides that, I think that this a good (and someone horrifying) display of what it is my bag. The first thing that struck me when I finished clearing everything out was how many different lip products I had managed to gather into my purse. Anyone who knows me I generally don’t wear a lot of make up. Yet somehow I ended up with 15 different lip products in my bag. What was especially surprising is that most of them are lipsticks whereas I usually wear at most tinted lip balms. The rest of my purse is pretty standard for me (probably excessive for others). Although I have a lot of pens, I’m sure most of them don’t work because I am one of those people who throw bad pens back into my bag instead of doing myself a favor and throwing it away when I see that it’s bad. I would say that based on my purse contents I look a little over prepared and worried. And honestly that is pretty accurate for me. I would rather be over prepared than under prepared. I really enjoyed this assignment because I feel like it’s a way to let people learn something about me that they may not get to know just by talking to me since I would like to think that I don’t come off as a worrier in-person.

Weather Woman’s Wild Quest

Weather Woman’s Wild Quest

For this 2.5 start assignment, I had to make a wanted poster using a poster generator. I decided to connect it to my superhero character by showing her vendetta against other weathermen who always get the weather wrong. I got the image for this poster […]

Superman’s Real Kryptonite

Superman’s Real Kryptonite

For my superhero related assignment, I chose to do the Life of a Superhero post where you had to post a picture of a superhero in an everyday life event. Superman's real kryptonite-dirty dishes #ds106 #VisualAssignments2108 pic.twitter.com/kWMtAsNbAL — Kasey Mayer (@KaseyMayer) September 22, 2017 When […]

Super Themed Week Three

Super Themed Week Three

Let’s start with the Superhero summary and reflection. I read the myths and superheros image article and found it very interesting. I have read Gilgamesh,  but just realized its connection to stories such as the hulk. I found several commonalities between the tribes and gave my own definition as well. The with the Vonnegut, I created what I believed to be a pretty accurate representation of the good vs bad side chart for the Avengers.

Next was the character dossier. In this, I created the character Weather Woman or Helen Clearview. Helen is a meteorologist with the power to control weather. The main part of this assignment, since we have already completed the google form, was to add, giver a background story and daily life. Helen likely gained her powers from hurricane and she can now stop them if she want to. Overall, I feel good about my character and my ability to use it in future class assignments. I really liked this assignment because this a power that I actually want since the weather and I often do not get along.

I feel pretty good about my communication level. I was active on both Twitter and the blogs. While there is room for improvement and I can participate more, I believe I am making steps int he right directions towards communicating better with my class and reviewing their work. Communication is something I plan on working on more and more as the weeks go by.

Next is the day in the life assignment. I was assigned a character name and power and I had to write a day in that characters life. I decided to be more subdue with my character. She only “battled” on ghost and it was a small one. While I did not create an adventurous tale of heroics, I gave a full easy going day in the life a superhero. While they may be heroes, not every days had to be a book adventure. I thought the character assignment of a fallen angel since that is not usually my first thought when I think superhero. But it was a nice mental refresher and I was able to make a few heaven/sinner jokes as well if they are not the best jokes.

Next was a Dear Diary post (3 stars). The assignment said to pick a Disney villain and I picked Maleficent because she is my favorite villain. One reason I picked this is because the villain aspect played into our superhero theme. However, I also really enjoy journal writing. I found this pretty easy I have been attempting to journal for years (although it never sticks) and have a lot of experience. Then I just put myself in the mindset of a vexed woman who doesn’t like dealing with people (or anything really) and wrote. I really enjoyed this and an even tempted to continue the journal beyond the one for this post just to see where I could take it.

Next I did an alphabet related assignment (3 stars). In this I had to write a story where the first letter of each word followed the alphabet. This was by far the most difficult assignment of the week. I did not think it would be overly simple, but once I got started I realized how difficult it really was. I ultimately completed the assignment, but my story was pretty random and was not completely coherent. Each sentence basically made sense on its own, but together they seem a little more random.

Finally, I did a timed writing assignment (2.5 stars). In this assignment you have 10 seconds to write things you are grateful for and 10 seconds to draw a self portrait. Both are pretty fair. My portrait was about as good as it was going to get. With more time, I could have written a lot more things I am thankful for, but I think the ones I got down are representative of the absolute most important things I am thankful for. And, as I said last week, I like to take time to say thanks to the important people and things in my life. While the time constraints on this were difficult, the assignment itself was straightforward and I enjoyed it.

Daily Creates:

This week we had to complete three daily creates.

I struggled with this one at first because I had never made a GIF before. However, I was able to find a site online that lets you add animated features to images to make them into GIFs. I thought this was very interesting and I also just found the pictures themselves interesting as I am currently taking a Modern Japan history class.

This one was slightly easier than the first because I had discovered that GIF making site. The cat in this picture is Tilda and I dog-sit her little brother quite often. Although she is a sweetie, she is a loner and can give you an absolute death stare. Due to this infamous stare, I thought the ability to summon hellfire and destroy all the insignificant humans was very appropriate.

I believe I have said before that I am not a huge fan of getting my picture taken. Because of that I decided to go a different route with the Power Pose Daily create. While a power pose once to take a picture would be nice. I thought a power pose reminder in my planner (that I look at multiple times a day) would be much better for while still meeting the assignment with my nice teal cape. Now as I struggle through 18 credits, clubs, and work I will be reminded of the power pose and can do it to lift myself up when needed.

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

Next, I chose a writing assignment that said to create a story using the letters of the alphabet. The assignment was three starts for a current total of 6 stars and one more assignment to go. With the assignment, I am supposed to write a story […]


Assignments

The Obstacles of Music Mashups

The Obstacles of Music Mashups

For one of my assignments this week I decided to cover with the assignment post from the Audio section 2021. This assignment said to take two different covers of the same song an use YouTube Doubler to create a mashup. I chose to do a Send My Love Cover Mashup using the song from Adele. I chose this assignment, because it included two things that I really enjoy listening to myself, covers and mashups. With this assignment, I would be able to create something that I myself enjoy listening to.

I found one version of Send My Love by Adele when it first came out when four different people sang it while playing Patty Cake and I really wanted to incorporate it this video when I saw that it said to use covers. Although I realized that this would not be overly simple because I know that covers can be very different even if they’re based on the same song; it ended up being much harder than I anticipated. Because they were covers people would often alter the tempo and that made it very difficult to find two videos that matched up well. There was also an issue where one video would load and start playing before the other so that would sometimes throw the timing off and I couldn’t tell if it was a problem with the video itself or just the loading.

Ultimately, after watching and trying many different videos, I decide to go with the Patty Cake cover by KHS, Sam Tsui, Madilyn Bailey, and Alex G along with the cover by Jonah Baker. I chose to go this route with this assignment because I often lean more towards acoustic covers of songs and this had the acoustics and the interesting combination of clapping in the Patty Cake cover. Although I like this song it is not necessarily one of my favorites. However, I love this cover so when I read the assignment description the Patty Cake version immediately came to mind and I knew I wanted to do something with it if at all possible.

I had to set it so that the video by Jonah Baker starts a little further in than the Patty Cake version, but with that setting the first verse is practically in perfect sync and then the chorus and subsequent verses are a cannon where a line is said in one video and then repeated in another and I really like the affect. Although some may be bothered by the songs not matching up perfectly the whole way through, I really like the variations in the audio and the tones it gives the song overall. This assignment really gave me an appreciation for the effort it takes to match up two videos or songs to create one well-blended version.

YouTube Doubler