I knew this week was going to be a rough one for me due to finals and wrapping up the semester so I decided to get a jump on this weeks work ASAP. I really had fun with this project, and the freedom of it made it one of the most enjoyable ones all semester. I got to just let my creativity wander in all different directions and I loved it. I mixed in written assignments, mashups, visual elements, and audio along with others in order to capture all that I wanted to bring to the table this week. I created a story based around the ties that the Russians and Canadians have with each other, and once I got on the topic of oranges I just went crazy with it and almost included oranges in everything. I even made a map all about orange farms in Russia! I wanted to make sure that this project would be something that I was proud of and since I am still not totally comfortable with the video assignments and video editing in general I decided not to include any of that in the project and I went with different avenues instead. I really enjoyed this project and I am glad that it turned out the way it did. I am looking forward to wrapping up my semester and enjoying my summer!
Things are coming to a close in my last semester ever as an undergraduate! Sadly that means I have become increasingly busy but I dont mind because it keeps me on my toes. This weeks video assignments seemed to go a lot better than last weeks especially since I got my laptop up and running again. I really like the assignments where we get to share more about ourselves and have it more situated on us and less on random creative things so I tried to stick with those for my assignments. I hope you enjoy!
— Michael Ryan (@mjryanonline) April 7, 2017
— Michael Ryan (@mjryanonline) April 6, 2017
— Michael Ryan (@mjryanonline) April 6, 2017
Man this week was a hectic one! With midterms back to back every day this week and then spring break coming up I barely had the time to eat or sleep but I tried my best to get it all done! Overall I am pumped with the progress that my group has made thus far on our radio show and I am actually super excited to bring my idea of a mystery on the radio to life. The plan is to have me narrate a written mystery and then try to give the audience time to solve the mystery and at the end of our broadcast Ill tell everyone what happened and how things went down. Maybe its a dumb idea but I think it should be cool so we will see how it goes. I found myself having a hard time with some of the audio submissions I made loading and saving correctly but I would assume thats just operator error. Im trying to work my way around to each student and give at least one bit of constructive criticism but I dont want to come off like i know everything (I dont) and finding a balance can be difficult. I included my ds106 radio bumper sticker below, Id put it on my car if I could! Overall another great week in DS106!
This week was incredibly difficult for me because of how far behind I managed to get and how hard it was for me to catch back up. I had two huge tests this week in my two hardest classes so spending all of my time focused on studying for them pushed me way behind on schedule and foreced me to be late on some of my assignments. I tried to get all that I could get done before the due date, and I apologize for the delay.
In terms of content the week was interesting and fun. I like the concept of design, I just knew very little about it when the week started so I didnt know what to think. I can truthfully say that I learned a lot about design this week and I am happy to see all of what we learned being put into play in our assignments. I liked the design assignments that we got to chose from and I did some random quotes over pictures and got to mess with things from some of my favorite movies as well. The design blitz assignment was difficult for me because I was trying to be so picky on what picture I took that it was taking me forever and becoming really hard. It took me a while to complete it but I like what I came up with and I think it turned out pretty well. Overall Id say it was a good week, I just need to stop being so darn busy!
I feel like I got so much done this week! It was honestly fun to mess around with the audio side of technology because although I listen to music fairly often I dont normally mix and make mash ups of my own so this was all new to me. Also Ive never done audio recording or radio recordings of any kind so that was something fresh for me to get involved with. I felt weird talking into a mic on my computer and then playing it back and hearing myself but I got used to it after a little bit of time. Ive gotta say I think I enjoyed the audio recording about the moon landing crash the most out of everything we did this week. The speakers were amazing and the story line was not only entertaining but it was also a possibility so it brought a sense of realism to the scene. I thoroughly enjoyed that and I would recommend the podcast radio show Serial for anyone who wishes to hear more things somewhat similar to that. Im looking forward to the group radio shows, but im also kind of nervous to see how it turns out.
On another note I still feel like sometimes im doing things wrong, and that maybe im just out of the loop on that. Professor Bond if you notice anything that should be changed or done differently in the future please let me know!