Week 9 summary

Week 9 is stories in/of the web. I have no idea what this means which basically means I will be putting a lot of work in this week and Googling many things.

This is what I thought at the beginning of the week, however I didn’t really have to look anything up. I also thought this week was a lot lighter on course work which made me happy because it was Homecoming weekend and all.


Evaluating Radio Shows

I decided the best way for me to critique the show would be to take notes as I listen to it and then to go back and reflect on the show with the questions provided. I listened to Wacky History. I think the name is very clever for the topic of the show.

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Thoughts during the show

  • Catchy intro music
  • Wedding rings and something? Hard to understand the intro
  • Voices change abruptly in volume
  • First part:
    • Dentures… interesting topic choice
    • Easy to understand, good background music
    • Editing isn’t smooth in some parts
    • Light humor- I liked that
  • Good transition and questions
  • I like the talking back and forth
  • George Washington part
    • Very entertaining voice
    • Likes this part
  • Next part:
    • Bland voice
    • Background music VERY soft- hard to hear
  • More questions and banter- like this
  • The guy has a great voice- very good for his parts
  • First Commercial is REALLY great
  • Wacky history part
    • Good music
    • Very interesting
    • Commercial??
  • History of wedding rings
    • Seem unsure of what you are saying in the beginning
    • Interesting information
    • Good voices (changes tone/pitch in voice)
  • Jewelry/wedding facts
    • Multiple choice question- kinda cool
    • Like the ticking noises
  • Fly commercial
    • good
  • Bumper
    • liked it
    • seat belt-car sound
  • Where to put the ring
      • sounded too far away from the mic sometimes
  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?

No noticeable background noise. The background music didn’t cancel out the talking. Levels somewhat uneven when switching from person to person.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?

Only noticed effects in the bumper. Background music is good. Transitions clean. I liked the questions in between the different topics.

  • Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?

Not much use of sound effects. When used good and effective.

  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?

Music is very effective. It is at a good volume, so that it is noticeable, yet doesn’t wash out the speaker. Used throughout the whole podcast. Also used to signify changes in topics.

  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?

Somewhat. I don’t think it’s bad or anything, I just think it could be better. I would have liked an emphasis on the connection of dentures and wedding rings. Good transitions make it cohesive.

  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?

Tells little stories. Not really a sense of drama. The guys voice is very entertaining and draws you in. One of the girls used her voice very well when telling stories.

  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

I would probably give the show 3.75 stars out of 5.

I decided to do the same thing I did when evaluating Wacky History‘s radio show. This is our radio show and it is called 9 Lives and is put on by the Grumpy Desperadoes.

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Thoughts during the show

  • Intro
    • Background sound effects good
    • A little too loud
    • transition was not clear- needed to be faded in and out
  • Miles- History
    • Not sure if sound was Miles moving or sound effect..
    • Bland voice
    • background music good volume
      • Possibly a little distracting
      • Good choice of music
    • Long pauses in between talking about different things
    • A lot of just talking- I’m kinda bored
  • Bumper
    • good sound effects
  • Kelsey and Sean-Stories
    • Good volume
    • Like the sound effects
      • War sounds
      • Door opening
      • Creepy music
      • Church music
      • Choir music
      • Pouring drink
      • Clinking
      • Dog
      • Etc.
    • Two people talking back and forth make in more interesting
    • Sean- “large red marks” like the low volume
    • Kelsey- “Wow that really” is really low (faded out at the wrong time)
    • Music in between stories good
    • After the moon arising- choppy editing
    • Hank song, London Bridge good fading
    • Sean talking about the 2 boys in the room lower compare to other music
    • Monster story- good tones and voices
    • Sean stumbling/rushing in monster story
    • Cat 9 lives- clever song
  • Bumper
    • Really like the bumper
    • Good music
  • Commercial
    • Good spooky music
    • Happy halloween song
    • Creepy music
  • Andrew- Costumes
    • I like the beginning sounds
    • Hard to hear him
    • I like the countdown- smart idea
    • Like how he commented on the costumes- gave opinions
    • REALLY hard to hear!!
    • Music is distracting
    • So hard to hear
    • Good transition to Adam
  • Adam-Events
    • Like beginning sounds
    • Good description
    • Background music good
      • Somewhat distracting
      • A little too loud
      • drowns out speaker
  • Not really an ending..
  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?

Adam and Andrew’s sections were hard to hear. Adam’s was only hard to hear at parts, but Andrew’s was almost impossible to hear.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?

Lots of effects- enhanced the enjoy-ability of the show- made it more interesting. Some transitions weren’t clean- more towards the beginning.

Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?

Sound effects were used very well, probably one of the bests parts of the show.  Sounds were used to enhance stories.

  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?

Just hard to hear Adam and Andrews. Miles was somewhat distracting. Kelsey and Sean had some that wasn’t edited as well as it could have been. Overall the music was effective. It was used for transitions and background noise.

  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?

The show has a very good structure, with good transitions. People don’t just start talking, they’re introduced.

  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?

Tells a good story. Creative and interesting topic. The only segment that got a little boring was history, it could have used some sound effects in the background. Drawn in to listen.

  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

This radio show could have been a 4.5 star however, because of the volume at some points I’d have to give it 4 stars.

I really didn’t think our show was very good so I figured it would be easy to critique it honestly and fairly. I figured I would rank it probably a 3.5 out of 5 stars. However, I found our show more entertaining than the other show I listened to. I’m unsure if it was because of the topic or what, but since I listened to the other one before listening to and critiquing ours I think that raised my thoughts on our show. I was surprised at how hard it was to understand most of the people in the radio shows. I would have thought that would be a simple factor that should be accounted for when making the radio show because people have to be able to hear you so I was surprised at how often I couldn’t hear people.


Storytelling within the web

I was really unsure of what this meant when I first read the assignment at the beginning of the week. However after reading The Mountain Three Wolf Short Sleeve Shirt example I decided to do my post on Amazon as well for a One Direction cut out. One of my roommates is a huge One Direction fan so we had just watched the movie which must be why I thought of this idea. I also thought this would be a good way to tell a story by having him come alive. It’s not as funny as the shirt idea, but that one would be pretty hard to top. I’m also a little worried that some little kid is going to read that and think it actually happens and then be really disappointed when the order comes in.IMG_7027

In order to leave a review I had to create an account. However, after creating the account I got the above message that states one must have purchased something on their account to leave a review. So I used my friends account information to leave the message. You don’t have to had bought that specific product, but you do need to have bought something from Amazon.IMG_7031

In order to write the review I looked up facts on Harry Styles so that I could make it seem more realistic.IMG_7033Here is the review I left on Amazon:

He was alive!

I ordered Harry and he came in the mail so fast. I was a little worried that they just sent him in a box. I was hoping he was able to breathe in there and wasn’t too squished but he looked good when I took him out. He was a lot skinnier than he seems on stage. He immediately started singing “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder without even saying hello. This was what song he sang when he auditioned on X Factor. He then introduced himself and asked what I would like to do today. I didn’t want to sould like a typical girl who just say oh whatever. And since I know everything about One Direction I suggested we go to the Manchester United game. I knew he was a huge fan of the team so I figured he would enjoy it and I would enjoy anything with him. We sat with Ed Sheeran and David Hasselhoff and enjoyed an amazing game versus Middlesbrough. After the game we walked around Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. We strolled the streets and talked about our lives. We soon arrived back at my house where he said that someone else had ordered him and that he now had to leave. I didn’t know that I didn’t get to keep him, but I enjoyed our day together and will cherish it forever. I would definitely buy this again and now he’s on sale.

This assignment was no where near as hard as I thought it would be and it was actually really fun. I would like to see if anyone did the more advanced options and look into how they did and what they did just to be able to learn more.


Web Assignments

The assignment  worth 3.5 stars was to create a Pinterest board of your dream trip. I have always wanted to visit/live in Australia. So I made my Pinterest board about a trip around Australia. I figured I would probably travel around Australia when I live there for after grad (in an ideal world), so that would eliminate the main cost of getting over there and back, as well as vaccination needed. So I focused more on where I want to go and what I want to do. I also already had a Pinterest so all I had to do was create a board which I titled: DS106 Dream VayKay. This is what my board looks like:

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Some of my pins were:

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From this post I really liked the Blue Mountains, the Great Ocean Road, the Sydney Opera House, dive the Great Barrier Reef, get up close and personal with animals, and cave of wonders. Most of the items on this list were also pinned on my board individually. Such as:

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A giant granite flared slope. Wave Rock (Rock Ola), Western Australia. One of the oldest rocks on Earth. Its distinctive shape is caused by erosion of 60 million years. Photo: Getty Images

When I clicked on this picture I was directed to a website about the Wave Rock Festival held at this venue. The people who put on the Wave Rock Festival gave out personal and portable ashtrays in order to stop people from littering cigarette butts.

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Natural Arch Waterfall from beneath, Numinbah Valley QLD
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Lake Hillier, pink colored lake located on Middle Island, one of the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia.

On top of all the cool places I found I also found a lot of fact sheets and travel tips. There were also tons of lists of where you should visit, what is only in Australia, etc.

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How to save money on a trip to Australia.

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Pinterest is a great source for cute ideas involving travel, fashion, cooking, basically anything and everything. However sometimes information gets misconstrued and you end up thinking an image is something when it’s just been falsely captioned so you have to check the webpage that is linked with the picture. With my Pinterest board I have my plans in tack for where I want to go, how I’m going to get there, and how to save money doing it. Here I come Australia… after I finish school and stuff.


My other web assignment, Character Resume, was worth 3.5 stars. The assignment was to create a character resume. I originally wanted to do Micheal Scofield from Prison Break because he would have an interesting resume and I figured that it would be origins. However I found that it was really hard to recall specifics and online didn’t have much. So I took the easy road and did Spongebob. I asked friends to help me think of ideas and then used my resume in Microsoft as the template and then changed some parts of it to better fit the criteria Spongebob fits.

Spongebob Squarepants

58 Pineapple Bikini Bottom, Pacific Ocean

SSquarepants@frycook.com

EDUCATION

  • Puff’s Boating School
  • Tentacles’ School of Art for a day

WORK

  • Krusty Krab fry cook
    • Over 14 years
    • Prepare specialty food such as Krabby Patties
    • Keeps the integrity of the restaurant against pickle stealers
  • Sang for the band at the Bubble Bowl
  • Sold chocolate with Patrick
  • Hall monitor for a day

 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The most gold stars for being a good noodle
  • Almost won a snail race
  • Saved Bikini Bottom
  • Convinced Squidward to try Krabby Patties

OTHER

  • Good at karate
  • Volunteer Litter Patrol for Bikini Bottom Police Department
  • Jelly fishing and harvesting jelly for use in exotic cuisines
  • Competes in Krabby Patty flipping contests
  • Bubble blowing extraordinaire
  • Good at keeping and protecting secrets
  • Life guard for a day
  • Always ready!

REFERENCES

  • Patrick Star
  • Eugene Krabs
  • Sandy Cheeks

Daily Creates

I really wanted to do Tuesday’s daily create. Which was to make a new dance move and record yourself doing it. I was at work when I read the assignment and was there until close at 9:30. When I got home my roommates were watching How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days so needless to say I didn’t get to do this assignment. I also really wanted to do Saturday’d Drake daily create but I was on my way to Hamden Sydney for their homecoming and you had to draw the lyrics so I was unable to do that one.

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The first daily create I did was Make Nature Stick People

I named my plant person Ollie. The plant itself we call Ollie, because it was given to us by my dad’s best friend when he passed away. We’ve had the plant since 1996, but obviously it has been around before that. So it’s over 20 years old. When I saw this assignment and knew I was going home I knew Ollie would be the perfect subject. I should have put him on our hardwood floor instead of the rug with all of the patterns so that he stood out more. I was kinda worried to move him a lot though because he’s old and fragile.

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Today’s daily create was to make a post about a place with

‘an evil twin or a twisted pair, happy places can have an ugly underside’. Is your happy place always happy? What is its underside.

My happy place is the beach or the ocean however this has many downsides.

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The view and beauty of the beach is definitely not a downside. However the wind tends to mess up your hair. When you see models posing on the beach the only thing I can think is that there’s probably 8 people out their holding blockades to block the wind and then another with a fan to make sure it looks realistic and all. However, when us normal people step out onto the beach we end up looking like Donald Trump.

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There’s also the sharks that have magically appeared in the ocean over the past couple years. And now THEY’RE INVADING. I don’t know who they thing they are coming into our ocean and biting us while were trying to enjoy our vacation. I mean what do we look like food?? So basically they’re ruining my happy place by making me fear for my life when entering the ocean, you can’t be happy when you’re fearing your life.tdc 3tdc 5tdc 4tdc 6

And then there’s the pollution and trash that covers many beaches. Not only does this ruin my happy place but it hurts the animals in this ecosystem.tdc 7

And then when you sit back and think about the downsides of my happy place you realize that if humans weren’t here it would be a perfect place.

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Today’s daily create was to take a picture of people on their phones. I think this is a huge problem of our century. And I’m 100% guilty. We are so disconnected to everything around us. While having friends over to watch a movie they were both on their phones and I thought hmm this would be a good picture for my project. I made the one girl move but other than that this wasn’t really set up. I think this assignment has a lot of social implications.

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Today’s daily create was so tweet a tounge twister about DS106. I decided to use digital design because it was already alliteration. I also did not like this week so it worked out.


Connecting your daily creates

I was very confused about if I did this assignment right. I think we were only suppose to use the 4 daily creates we did this week, but I was worried that maybe we were suppose to use more. I was also unsure about linking them because with the new daily create we just tweet the pictures. So hopefully I did this right, because I like my story.

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Ollie woke up and was trying to think of something to do today.

After Ollie’s friend made him try this tongue twister he thought of the one that goes “Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore” and decided to go down to the beach for the day.

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However, when he got there the beach was covered with trash, so he couldn’t photosynthesize.
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He went to his friends house and they watched a movie, but everyone was just on their phones the whole time which made him upset because he wanted to hang out. He decided to call it a night and go back to his pot.

I thought this story worked really well and I thought it was very convenient that I had to make a plant person, that made it very easy to come up with a story.


Other than the Storytelling within the Web assignment I don’t think I learned a lot of new things this week. However the storytelling within the web assignment and the different links included within the assignment were very interesting and taught me a lot. I enjoyed reading some of the stories within different web sites. My work this week had a good about of environmental ties to it especially the daily create with the polluted beach. I enjoyed listening to other people’s radio shows and I show they enjoyed ours. I also thought this weeks daily creates were probably one of my favorite week of creates. I thought the one with the disconnect theme was so relevant to our century and the way we are growing up and I think that’s a HUGE problem we have.

x Kelsey

 

 

 

 

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