Jan 202013

Of the introductory videos I watched, Intro to ds106 was the most helpful in explaining the general structure and intent of the class.  It’s nerve-wraking though, to think of this class as an airplane being built in the air, though, because flying in airplanes makes me sick already.   I found the Happy Student’s guide to ds106 more encouranging.  Before watching it I was nervous and feeling overwhelmed by my unfamiliarity with setting up social media accounts and starting to interact with the wider internet.

But afterward, I felt empowered by the world of creative opportunities opened by being a participant in the internet.  I’m glad that I can learn how to use the communication tools that are YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and SoundCloud!

I am especially excited to use The Daily Create as drawing practice and experimentation with drawing videos – sharing the creative process (part of how I look at the world) with people who feel that drawing is difficult, frustrating, or foreign.  I’m still learning, and that’s fun!  If anyone has tips on how to add sound I’d greatly appreciate it.  My dream woud be to have Victor Borge Phonetic Punctuation style drawing sound effects in the movies to make them more engaging and funny.

I used SketchBook, a very clean drawing program that rarely lags, and a Wacom Intuos3 graphic tablet to draw.  QuickTime does a good job at screen-capturing, but makes a huge video file, so I have to delete the original once I convert it to a faster, smaller file in iMovie.  That takes a while, but I can work on something else while I wait, and it’s worth it.  I’m making these quick drawing movies for myself as a viewer, It’s fascinating to see my own decisions make an image take shape.

I was really proud when I’d fiddled with my WordPress theme Suffusion. I’d used WordPress a little bit in another class, and found that Suffusion allows for an incredible amount of design customization.  There’s a confusing amount of menus, though, to allow for that level of manipulation.

My About page isn’t very detailed yet, I’ll be updating it as I learn more about my relationship with ds106.

Since I’ve found out how flexible and self-driven this class is, I’m thrilled to be a part of ds106.  I’m going to use it as an opportunity to hone my creative skills and learn new ones.  I also want to take the time to share some of my discoveries from delving into our textbook this week.  One of my goals is to have less of an impact on the environment.
I’ve always wanted to compost food scraps instead of sending leftovers to the landfill.  Compost heaps or drums are large and smelly, however, and consequently inconvenient.  I learned from watching the No Impact Man documentary that it is possible to compost with no unpleasant odor indoors: VERMICOMPOST! Also known as worm farming, it boils down to having hundreds of cute, squiggly pink pets nibble your leftovers or peelings and poo out clean extra-nutritive dirt. Dirt, it so happens, is a limited natural resource (check out Dirt! the Movie).  Consequently, the realization dawned that I could use the worm casings (poo) to fuel a small-scale garden of herbs and vegetables.  So I also looked into methods of Organic gardening, finding the Organic Gardening Magazine’s guide to saving seeds.  It may or may not work, but I’m going to try saving pepper and tomato seeds so that I can grow free vegetables this summer.  I can’t start the worm farm until after graduating, because I live on-campus and Residence Life forbids non-human animal residents in the dorms.  And sadly, the Animal umbrella definitely includes a plastic tub writhing with rosy trash snackers.

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  3 Responses to “Boot Camp, Boot Up, Upload, Week1 Wrap Up!”

  1. I’m very excited to have you in my class, Alice- your drawings just are lovely to watch them draw out, and the way you used that in a novel way for the first Daily Create is *exactly* the ds106 attitude I like to see- reinvent the assignments to something meaningful to you.

    I almost did not click that Victor Borge link, but am glad I did. That is fun, and I am going to make it into a future audio assignment.

    I can see how this template appeals for someone as visual oriented as you, and I am glad you added the menus so we can find your posts and pages. You will want to be using categories to organize your posts, like this one ought to be in a category called “weekly summaries” or “weekly reflections” or “stuff my teacher makes me write” – if you do this for all your work, WordPress creates links that can point to all fo them as a set (and you also will not have URLs with “uncategorized” in them!).

    I can see the whole compost interest morphing into story material. WORMS HAVE RIGHTS! WORMS ARE GOOD PETS! I’m a huge fan of composting, its a joy to not only keep more items out of the dump, but I get black mulch after a year. I can even do this in Arizona.

    The one thing I did nto see is your reflections on the videos I asked to watch- dont worry about it, but try to make sure you cover the items listed at the bottom of each weekly assignment post.

    And I hope soon to add a 3D printing section to the ds106 assignments bank; I was unsure at first, but now am intriogued about making ways for people to weave digital stories and real prints together. I shall eb counting on you for ideas….

    • I reflected on videos in the first paragraph. Were we supposed to comment on our peers’ first Daily Create videos?

  2. No that was for the videos assigned for viewing in the weekly lesson of week 1- Robert Highes on Art, Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas come from etc.

    Dont worry.

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