Finishing Up!

This is so bittersweet! My last post for wire106 and ds106 (hopefully not ds106)! This semester was so much fun and its all thanks to this class! Ds106 was my favorite class I’ve taken so far here at UMW and I’m really glad I decided to take it. I was on the fence over the summer and whether or not I should take it but I don’t regret that decision at all. I learned so much from this class and its helped me learn about what I potentially want to work with as a career. I can’t recommend this class enough!

This class was particularly special because it was an online class. Normally you would think an online class would just be you yourself and you. I think of an online class as sitting down in front of the computer for hours trying to understand the topic. That normally doesn’t work for me, I need hands on experience to learn a topic. I quickly found out that this class was anything but that! Between the weekly lunches, video discussions, and the group projects I quickly learned that this class was something special. I still had the face to face interaction that a traditional lecture class would have, but with no lecture! It was a great mix!

I think the assignments were the best part to the entire class, besides having to watch TV for homework. Although my stomach would drop at the beginning of the week when we all got the weekly emails with our quota for the week and I would be so overwhelmed at the beginning of the week, I really enjoyed them! I would always dread sitting down to plan them, but once I did I knocked them out all in one go. The beginning of the semester was a little rocky but once the semester was in full swing I got the hang of things and now I don’t think I’ll ever forget the skills I learned in ds106.


So as I’m writing this I feel like this:

The semester is almost over! That’s so exciting! But I also feel like this:

I don’t want this class to end! I just want to keep creating things and watching TV for homework! But I do realize that all great things must come to an end. Ds106 was a great chapter in my great novel of my life! So with that being said I don’t think this would be a weekly summary without showing you what I did this week! Take a look! And if you want to see what else I’ve done this semester check out my past weekly summaries at the end of this post.


Beadie’s To-do List (4 Stars)

Move Away From the Cookie Jar (4 Stars)

Evolution of Beadie (4 1/2 Stars)


Assignment Cards:

Website Banner

Keeping Up With the Cast of the Wire



The Book of Life Silent Film



Daily Creates:

My Favorite Assignment



Lauren’s post Water+Rice

Carmela’s post The End Is Near; 15

Kisha’s post DS106 Wrap Up

Imran’s post 10 Seconds of Thanks

Travis’s post Annnnndddd Cut — Great Work Guys


Past Weekly Summaries:

Week 1: I was getting everything set up so there wasn’t a weekly summary!

Week 2: Not So Good Week 2

Week 3: Getting The Hang of Things

Week 4: A Crazy Week with Sound

Week 5: A Cool Week with Visuals

Week 6: An Interesting Week with Design 

Week 7: Audio Week

Week 8: Radio Show Week!

Week 9: Inspiration Week!

Week 10: Video Week!

Weeks 11 & 12: Videos Galore

 Weeks 13 & 14: Video Remixmas


Move Away From the Cookie Jar

“Stop! Move away from the cookie jar!” Everytime some one opens me, I say this. Every. Single. Time. Its so ANNOYING! I wish there was something else I could say, Like “here have a cookie” or “today’s a good day for cookies and milk!” “Move away from the cookie jar” just sounds forbidding. Cookies shouldn’t be like that. They should be treats! Feeling guilty having a cookie is no fun. I know contrary to popular opinion, my favorite food is not a donut. I actually hate donuts. Cookies are my favorite! Some might say I could be a cookie monster!

There are so many kids of cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter, S’mores, M&M, double chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, snickerdoodle, mint chocolate chip, Oreo’s, the list is endless! And cookies go great with really any drink! Water, milk, coffee, hot chocolate are all yummy with a cookie! Because I say “Stop! Move away from the cookie jar,” I don’t want to seem mean. And yes, unfortunately, you have to eat more nutritious things than cookies, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying one anyway!I really say that so I can make my owner happy. For some reason it gives her a chuckle. But once you say that over and over and over again it gets old really quick. But I shouldn’t be the one to decide if you get a cookie or not, you should (or your parents) Cookies are the bomb! So enjoy a nice tall glass of cold milk and a nice warm gooey, chocolate chip cookie!


I really had a lot of fun writing this! I saw the cookie jar while I was editing my Evolution of Beadie assignment and I thought this would be a good assignment to make from Beadie’s view point! Enjoy!

Evolution of Beadie

Hiya! So this assignment can count towards the final project, it doesn’t have to but I just thought this would be a fun thing to do! i Did the A Changing Character mashup assignment. Although this was really tedious, I had a lot of fun going through to find different beatrice moments to use. I first downloaded each episode that Beatrice appeared in, mainly in season 2 and a few episodes of season 3 and 4. She does appear in season 5 but I stuck with season 2, 3, and 4 because these were the ones we watched during the semester. So once I had everything in iMovie, I skimmed through each episode and added where ever Beadie came up on screen. Now I admit this took forever. But it worked out because I definitely grabbed scenes that I would have missed otherwise. Once all of the scenes were all in one place I made a pass through to cut down on specifc scenes. While I was skimming the episodes I included most of the scene itself. That made the video almost an hour long! I’m glad I didn’t keep everything! So once I cut down on the scenes I went through another time and cut out some smaller appearances that she had because I wanted to really tell the story of Beatrice rather than little snippets of her appearing on screen. Once that was done I realized I cut down the video from an hour to just under 10 minutes! Definitely better than an hour long video! Granted it still is pretty long but I think it really shows who Beatrice was.

A view of what it looke like to edit the whole thing! Here is the final product!

My Favorite Assignment

Hiya! So for today’s Daily Create we were tasked with writing about our favorite assignment we did this semester:

My all time favorite assignment was the Swede it! It was a video assignment and we were tasked with recreating an episode from the Wire. We also got bonus points if we made it in a group. So I teamed up with my group from our radio show and we got right to it. We decided to recreate season 3 episode 11, which was a really pivital episode in the whole series. We made the choice to use teddy bears instead of using people, which I thought would add an awesome twist to it! So once we were done filming I sat down and edited the whole thing. I really enjoyed the editing process! I had a lot of fun with this and I think it turned out great! Here is the video:


This was definitely my favorite assignment!

Beadie’s To-do List

Hi! So for one of the final assignments I decided to make a To-do list for Beatrice! This was worth 3 stars. I had  a lot of fun with this! It was really cool to actually sit down and think about what Beatrice might need to do during the week. So I got inspiration from Allison’s To-do list for her final project. So I first decided to use the Stickies app that comes with the Mac operating system.  I added the different stickies one at a time then changed the color from the default yellow to give the cluster some contrast. Then I went into Skitch (a screen capture application, similar to Grab) and caputred the stickie notes and uploaded it to Flickr. (Here is the original)

Then I went to plan what I need to write down in order for it to look realistic. I knew Beatrice would definitely be busy during the week between running the kids around after school and balancing her job. So I added the picture to trusty old PicMonkey and cropped it down so that it was a square. I did this so that I could upload it to Beatrice’s Instagram later. I used their text editor to add the text to the different sections. Once I was finished I uploaded it to Flickr straight from PicMonkey.

I included what she would pick up from the Grocery story in the yellow section. I included some dinner items as well as everyday items. Then I decided to include some of the upcoming appointments in the purple section that she and the kids might have in the next few weeks. In the blue section I put the things that she had to remember for that week in particular. Finally in the pink section I added things that the kids were doing this week.

Here is the final product! I had a lot of fun creating this assignment!

Video Remixmas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This week was fun! I had a rough time with the mashups but once I sat down and completed them it was much easier than I thought it was going to be! I also liked the remix. I was tasked to over exggerate a photo, and that was a lot of fun. I just went crazy with the filters. The Motivational epigraph was a lot of fun too! So here’s what I did this week:


Fox News Remix

Epigraph Motivational Poster

The Frozen Dead


Final Project posts:

Beatrice’s Dream Vacation

Honey Ham Haiku



Jess’s post: The Divergent Games

Ien’s post: In the Not Too Distant Future, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Jess’s post: The Divergent Games Poster

Imran’s post: Paul Blart Mall Cop in Two Panels

John’s post: Coming this Spring exclusively to PS4…


So now that thanksgiving is over bring on Christmas!

Beatrice’s Dream Vacation

Hiya! For part of the final project, I decided to make a Pinterest for Beatrice. One of the web assignments was to make a pinterest board for her dream vacation. Now Beatrice works very hard so I decided to pick something that was still in the states for her, and DisneyWorld is a great option. So from there I just found some good tips and trick on what to pack while flying down to Orlando.

Luckily there is transportation provided to and from the Disney owned resorts, so I didn’t included a rental car. I picked Animal Kingdom Lodge for their hotel, partially because I’ve always wanted to stay there. Then I went through the 4 main parks in DisneyWorld; Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.

These are personally my favorite parks and I pictured Beatrice and her family going during the winter so the water parks are closed during this time. Then I picked some tips and tricks on how to navigate each park.

I really like planning a vacation using pinterest! It was fun to think like Beatrice and figure out where she might like to have travelled. And with her kids too. That was my main point was to plan something would be family friendly.  You can check the board out over here!

Follow Beatrice’s board Travel on Pinterest.

The Frozen Dead

Hiya! So another mashup down! I decided to do the trailer mashup because it really stuck out to me when I was brainstorming ideas for the mashups. So I was thinking of different movies/tv shows that I could mash up and Frozen was the first thing that I came up with. Then I was thinking of something else that I could pair it with. Walking Dead came up as well and I thought I would give those two a try. I grabbed the trailer for Frozen and converted the YouTube file to an MP4 file to import to iMovie. (Here is the trailer)

Then the hard part was deciding which Walking Dead trailer to use. There are 5 seasons of the Walking Dead so to find which one fit the best I decided to try each season trailer. So I grabbed all 5 season trailers, converted them to the MP4 file then I went to iMovie and put each file as the background music to the Frozen trailer. For some reason I wanted to try the season 5 trailer first. This is the one I used in particular.

So I added it to my storyboard in iMovie. I think this was the best one! Its not perfect but it matches up the most. This trailer is definitely longer than the Frozen trailer so when I added it to the storyboard I shortened it so that it would fit. That actually worked out better than I thought because where the Frozen trailer ended there was just music so it wasn’t too abrupt. There is time where there is talking and there isn’t a character there or there is a character “talking” but there isn’t any speaking. I decided to use the season 5 trailer because it matched well with a lot of the transitions in the Frozen trailer. This was a fun assignment to do and it makes me think of other movies that could be mashed up. So here is the final product!

Epigraph Movtivational Poster

Hiya! So for a mashup I decided to make a motivational poster but I wanted to incorporate the Wire as well. So I thought back through some of the assignments that I completed and I found the alternative epigraphs assignment. I knew that this would be perfect! So I found a picture that I took over the weekend, and tried to find a good epigraph that would go with the theme of the picture. And the epigraph from season 4 episode 8 “Corner Boys” fit the bill perfectly!

We got our thing, but it’s just part of the big thing ~Zenobia

The columns on the bridge might just have the one part but they all work together to keep the entire bridge up. Just like what Zenobia said. Now she didn’t literally mean the bridge but the picture gives the epigraph a whole new meaning.

I used PicMonkey again, just because it was easy access since I was at home. I uploaded the photo then I added the text. I used the font “Shadows Into Light Two” because I think the handwritten feel balances out the picture very well. I picked blue for the font color instead of the traditional black because it kept with the blue theme of the rest of the picture. I think it turned out well!

Here is the final product!

Fox News Remix

Hiya! So this remix, Common Everyday Object [Remixed]: Fox News was really fun! I was thinking of what would be easy to over exaggerate and I saw the bowl of fruit that was in my kitchen! I thought that this would be perfect. How can you not over exaggerate a picture of fruit? Once I had the picture I wanted I went into PicMonkey, my photoshop trial is up, and added a lot of different filters to it. I even added a bokeh filter (the little light flares, mainly in the upper right corner), to add the the exaggeration. My main goal was to get this picture to be completely edited, and over filtered. I decided to stop when the fruit started to run together, but you could still tell what the main focus was on the picture. Here is the final product!