The first article I read was Footprints in the Digital Age by Will Richardson. The first thing I learned from the article was that no matter how much you think you are, you really aren’t in control of your web footprint. However, you can take measures to increase the control you have and to try to make sure the footprint you have is a good one. Kids are online more than ever before, so it is important that they are educated in the correct ways to safely use the internet in order to maintain the best control of their footprint and what people say about them. The second thing I learned from the article is related to this. While its nice to always have people agree with what you say, it is important to seek out different opinions, especially those which are different from yours. Doing this will force you to see the flaws in your argument and learn how to reduce them, which in turn makes your thinking even stronger. The second article I read was Personal Branding in the Age of Google by Seth Godin. Although this article was short, it had a very important message. You need to be very, very important what you put online, because once it’s there, its there for good. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but the Godin said the best thing you can do is to put good things online as often as you can. It is kind of similar to building a good credit score, everyone misses a payment here and there, but continually making payments on time, as often as you can will build up your score and can balance out the bad ones. The third article I read was Vanish: Finding Evan Ratliff. This was an extremely interesting story for me. I learned that even with all the precautions he took to keep from being found, all the information you put on the web can come back to haunt you, and in Evan’s case it did. Its a really good example of how even though you can try to hide behind things, misdirection or true, something like posting a picture of you drinking at a party can be found. This ties in to both of the other articles I read. It relates to the Godin one because although he was found, he put out all the other information to help it become much harder to find, and it relates to the Richardson article because it says that if you’re not careful, one little mistake online can hurt you.
In class today we tweaked and decided on our theme for the website. We also set up a meeting to do some scans at the James Monroe Museum tomorrow. We really liked the theme we picked at first, except that the menu bar was on the left side and we wanted it on the right. Luckily, after a little bit of tinkering and playing around on wordpress, we figured out how to move it to the right. Looking forward to a productive day tomorrow with Jarod!
Secured the use of some recording equipment today so I can start trying to set up interviews with Jarod and Scott for information about the objects we will be 3d scanning. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some done within the next 2 weeks.
I’m taking Adventures in Digital History because I am a history major and thinking about minoring in Digital Studies. I’ve taken Intro to Digital Studies and Digital Storytelling and enjoyed both of those classes so I figure the major should be pretty interesting. I also like working with technology, the 3d printer which I’ll use in my group project particularly interests me. Digital History will count towards my major as well so it makes perfect sense.
Making a gif can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, but if you do it is a pretty quick process. The first thing you need to do is finding the clip you want to use, on youtube for example. Next you need to download the video clip using a website like keepvid.com or clipconverter.cc. Next, you need to trim the clip down using a software such as mpeg streamclip. This is as simple as playing the video until you want your gif to start and clicking “in”, then once your gif part ends click “out” and finally click “trim”. Next save the clip to other formats, you change the drop down bar to image sequence and the frame rate of 12. Next you’ll need the program Gimp. Once its open, click open as layers, and open all the images you saved from the image sequence of your clip. Finally, again in the file menu, clip export and save the file as a .gif. When the pop up comes up, check the as animation box. Now you’ve got a gif!
The other day we read an article on copyright and fair use. That topic came up in an episode of Shark Tank I was watching the other day. One guy had a clothing company and the big thing it had was a pocket for your mp3 player and it had a little hole for your headphones for convenience. While this episode was not new, it still appeared to me, and the sharks, that this was not a new idea. The owner of the company then revealed that he had a patent for this technology and every other company who had incorporated this idea into their clothing had infringed on it. This blew the sharks away because of how valuable this patent could be, and there were two drastic reactions on either end of the spectrum. Mark Cuban was furious with this, he proclaimed that one of the things he hates about the world of business are patents like this that people often accidentally infringe on, which allows the patent owner to sue and make a lot of money off of. He explained that he hates that people create patents like that with suing as the primary plan, not to run an honest business better than the other person. Kevin O’Leary then responded with his approval of the patent idea. He said that “thats how the world works” and that making money is making money. He and Cuban went back and forth with each other, with Cuban ending up very angry and O’Leary and the business owner. This just comes across to me as the two farthest ends of the copyright spectrum and I thought it was interesting to see how two billionaire businessmen view the way copyright laws work, because I know many people hate it just as much as Cuban.
Hello! This is my first digital studies post
112000 views in 3 months, someone try to top that with their final project
This was without a doubt the funnest final project I’ve ever had to do. I loved the freedom we had, it really allowed us to express our own creativity. Although it took a lot of time and effort, it was so much more enjoyable than a normal final project or test. It was interesting to me because normally I dread final projects, and put them off until the last minute because I really just don’t want to start them, but this one I was excited about, and had fun with so it really did not seem much like work at all. The First assignment that I chose to do was my own creation, since my theme was the tv show “Pawn Stars” (please ignoree wikipedia asking for money), and because that is a family business, I figured that I would remix the introduction theme song to use my family. I thought it was a cool first assignment to do since it’s the intro to the show so i thought it would make a good introduction to my project. I used iMovie to create this, I downloaded the theme song music, and played it behind me speaking as Rick does in the show, and I used pictures of my family.
The next assignment I chose to do was the audio assignment ds106 rap. I really liked the idea of doing a pawn stars commercial, so I thought this would be an ideal chance to make one. Since its audio instead of video, it’s probably a better radio commercial, but I like how it turned out nevertheless. Without further adieu, take a look at the first single released by Lil’ Eric. Certified platinum material, I know. I used audacity to complete this assignment, it wasn’t very difficult, but it was enjoyable none-the-less.
The third assignment I chose to do was the video assignment joining the conversation. I find this clown hysterical, he comes into the shop selling Pez, expecting thousands of dollars for it. The fact that he is so insulted and his great accent make it even better. I thought that this episode was absolutely perfect for me to voice the guys because I imagine myself just slapping the guy for even being serious about it. His track suit and fedora just top it off. I used iMovie for this one too, I downloaded the episode from youtube, then cut the scene up into bits that Tracksuitman (hes gotta be a Mets fan, just from the accent) was speaking, and that Chumlee and Cory spoke. In the parts where Chum and Cory were speaking, I deleted the sound, then voiced over them. I think the audio sync turned out pretty well for this one. ”Its an insult to the Pez community! Those chooches!” lol.
In the show, Rick often calls in an expert when he is unsure of the value or authenticity of an item. For this assignment, I chose to do the video assignment modern marvels with kind of a twist. I took the place of an expert that Rick was talking to. I sold knives over the summer (real cool, I know) so I knew a lot about this particular knife and I figured that it would be a good idea for it. Of all of the assignments, this is probably the one I am the least happy with, but the experts are such an important part of the show, I thought it would be a good idea to include them in my project, and this gave me a good opportunity to do so. All of the experts introduce themselves in the same way “Hi, I’m (Sean Rich, Mark, Dana, etc.) and I’m an expert in (Antique arms and armor, I’m the curator of the Las Vegas Museum System, American History, etc.) so I wanted to use the same format.
As somewhat of a conclusion, I chose to use the video assignment ds106 fave moments. I made a video montage of my top 5 favorite pawn stars moments, with a mix of actual items and just funny things in the show. Although I was disappointed that I couldn’t fix the audio sync issues, this is the assignment that I spent the most time on and am most happy about. I wish I could have had good quality clips for each pick, but unfortunately youtube didn’t have the best options. That said I am still very happy with how it turned out. I downloaded each clip from youtube, then used iMovie to cut out some parts and put them all together.
With regards to future ds106 students, I need to stress not to wait until the end of the week (like me) to start the assignments. Although a few can be completed in a day, the majority can not be, and you will end up with sloppy work. This is important not only so that you get your work in on time, but if you have trouble, it is much easier to ask for help earlier rather than later.
Make a video of yourself eating something you hate
Take a picture of one of your favorite somethings, playing a sport, watching tv, a special token, whatever it is.
Remix one of your favorite tv shows so that it includes your family
Take a video of someone and see how long you can go without them noticing. (Video)