Video Project #2 – Reflections #ds1064life #ds106!



Well, I can honestly say that the title of this blog does say it all – I needed to find a little fun this summer, and I did… when I stumbled onto a Tweet that somehow led me to ds106 and the rest is history…What a wild ride this has been…and I keep thinking about how I can keep up the momentum in my own life.. one thing I thought about was something like the DailyShoot assignment but for storytelling – Story-A-Day – to get better at stories – I’ve always wanted to write, but always felt blocked when I sat down to do it… so this class really helped to break thru that barrier – just do it!

Yesterday when I went into YouTube, it brought me to this new tools page and I tried the CG animation XtraNormal which allowed me pretty easily to put in dialog and try out some simple motions and sounds – still a lot of work to do – ran out of time (again – argh!) So this is pretty rough, but I liked writing it and thinking about the next part… and wondered if I could keep it up…want to…

Thanks all the participants in ds106, ds107 for the feedback and great ideas… and especially to Jim Groom, Martha Burtis, timmyboy, and Andy Rush for your dedication and enthusiasm – it makes me so happy for you that you have this golden moment in your work group… and a little jealous to be a “one-woman shop”! You can’t generate that kind of energy and excitement alone (without people thinking you are crazy!) Thanks for letting us experience it and bask in the glow! It was absolutely brilliant!  and magnanimous…to allow even the non-credit folks to have feedback and to participate – wow! I am sure that you are all exhausted and ready for a break… but I couldn’t go another moment without being able to say thanks… before I say so long!

With gratitude and admiration!



Video Project: Rough Cut

Where Jim Groom has REALLY been…

While rumors and innuendo have been swirling about Jim Groom’s motives in respect to ds 106/107, about his role in the disappearance of Dr. Oblivion, as well as his current   whereabouts,

I’d like to put this forward for your consideration:
Is it possible to conceive that while things may APPEAR as if Jim has been the bad guy, what if, like Clark Kent in disguise, a superhero has been in our midst all along.

Take a look at a piece of evidence, recently revealed to me ….through sheer coincidence.. I was trying to explain to a friend visiting from out of town what ds106 is all about. I showed her a few videos and projects.

As I wove the tale of deceit and power-mongering, spewing vile comments at Jim Groom and his ilk, I watched her face turn pale
and then ashen as she took my hand and said, “My dear, I believe you have been deceived more than you know. I must show you something. Come with me…”

She then proceeded to show me this film, that was delivered to her newsroom with only this written on the envelope… “Jim Groom is innocent…and now you’ll know the rest of the story…Watch and Weep”…

and you always thought professional wrestling was fake… tisk tisk tisk

If I ever get more time, I would add some sub-title dialog at the end, some music and sound effects, too… also edit the big scene at the end a little – it’s too long… a fun way to spend a too hot Sunday afternoon!

AudioBookProject: Think Big

I am teaching an academic reading course to college freshmen at a community college this summer and we are reading Ben Carson’s Think Big:Unleashing your Potential for Excellence (Zondervan, 1902). Ben’s model encourages people to “do our best” and “do whatever we can to help others”. He uses an acrostic of THINK BIG to illustrate the qualities of his philosophy… T = Talent…and so on… Anyway, I thought it would be neat to do the audio book to introduce an audio project for students… asking them to look for people in their lives (or in the world or in books) who emulate the qualities of Think Big and put them together into an audio project themselves as a way to help reflect on the reading and extend the meaning…

This is a really rough cut – prototype – of a project intro – I think I’d like them to use meaningful quotes or sections of the book too.

Audio#2 Dickie Goodman

Audio assignment – Interview/Music Mashup
Assignment Author: Laura Blankenship
Description: In the 70s, Dickie Goodman created a series of interviews where the interviewee responded with snippets from popular songs. They were hilarious.

So here’s my attempt…Guess who Mrs. Smith REALLY is 😦

The audio clips came from YouTube: Duffy’s I’m Begging you for Mercy,  Fat Boy Slim’s Weapon of Choice, Julie Andrew’s Favorite Things, and Somewhere over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Audio1:End of the Reign of Man

OK – this was a fun project

Sound Effects Story – Author: Jim Groom – Description: Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds.

So the process was this – went to and saw a clip for “morning in the Forest” and I loved that image, so I started there and then thought, well, what kind of story could go on from there? I heard Gregorian chant.. so I thought, OK, we’re in a monastery… peaceful beginning to the day… tolling bell, calling monks to prayer..a thunderstorm arrives – thunder/lightening – suddenly an alarm sounds… fire trucks, the sound of fire which slowly dies out, returns the forest to the peaceful sound of the birds…

We plan… but then it takes on a life of its own

So… when I imported the audio – it came in all at the same time and the effect was pretty startling – but serendipitous too… I liked it – chaos at the beginning all the sounds at once – slowly dying off, leaving the tolling bells, then just the sound of the birds… and I thought… I like it – signifying the chaos of humanity…and how it might be without all of our mischief-making…

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Double Exposure assignment – in process

Interesting… it made m t hink right away about 2 photos – of my Dad as a young boy and me at about the same age.. 3ish or so… and how much we looked alike! I’d love to see them together or one morph into the next and back and forth…

Assignment #1 – The Big Caption – Who’s Laughing Now? – Assignment: The Big Caption  – Description: In the spirit of take any photo featured on The Big Picture ( and add typographical text elements in a way that changes the message.

Here’s my go at it 🙂

I saw this picture of really happy revelers at Glastonbury Festival – just sheer joy on their faces… and I thought, well this is so straight forward – what if I turned it on its head… what if they weren’t just really cool people having good fun… but something more sinister.. AND with so much trouble in the world and so many wars  etc.. should anyone really be smiling?  OK, lighten up, I know.. but back to the juxtaposition… I started by thinking of the reasons why folks shouldn’t be smiling – or why in reality so many folks are NOT smiling – times are tough! – anyway – so who MIGHT be smiling these days… a-ha…. it came to me…  The text on his shirt was difficult to make readable….

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