Monday, April 23, 2012

Final Assignment

     I have evolved a great deal in fourteen weeks. Whether it is my overall length of my writing, or the content that I put into my writings I have improved. This class has changed my outlook and my landscape of writing completely. I am not trying to write for a passing grade, like I did in high school. I am writing for myself now and I enjoy the essence of writing. I know that when I graduate and I reflect on my classes that this class was my cornerstone for all of my work. I say that because I will use this knowledge in not only English classes but in other classes as well.

     The Everywhereist was my best piece of writing in the class. I feel like that I have accomplished most of the goals that I stated in my final assessment. I brainstormed for this assignment. Not only in my ideas for The Everywhereist but for the assignment its self. I made several rough drafts for this paper. I spent time playing around with different ways to word my post because I wanted it to be perfect. I revised my writing to the best of my ability in this post because like I said I wanted it to be perfect. This is something that I am improving on the more that I write. Revision is something that I needed to improve in, and I believe that I am improving. I tried to integrate and document the author's ideas into my post. I also tried to blend both of our ideas together.

     I believe that I learned to consider my role as a writer in not just one post. At the beginning of the course I was writing as a student. Now I am writing to be more of a contributor to the writing world.  My best post to show how I've changed is Headaches. In this post I talk about the headache of having to choose the perfect blog for my project. I was writing to everyone that wanted to know about the top blogs not just to my class. I still had areas to improve on in this post, but for the most part I liked it.

     My Greatest Hits CD is what I used my thesis technique. I researched all my material and compiled it together. It was a little difficult to go through all the years the band that I did to find all the information. I supported my thesis with facts and could use sources too support my facts. In The Everywhereist I also used a thesis technique to compile facts and listed my sources to accredit my facts. I also have used the thesis technique on other posts but not to the degree I did on these two posts.

     I plan to improve on my typos and  fix my proofreading errors. I have greatly improved on many of the skills required to proofread I'm just not one-hundred percent yet. I know that I will be very soon because this class has taught me so many different ways to proofread. This class has also given me resources to improve my writing. Without these resources I would not have improved as much as I have.

     To conclude, I have had a wonderful experience in this class and look towards the future. This class was an amazing way to improve my ability as a writer. I have improved my writing techniques ten-fold all because of this single class. I appreciate how this class allowed us to progress at our own pace. As this class comes to end I know that I have evolved as a writer.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


     This week I decided to chipmunk Adele. I don't necessarily listen to her music but hey she won a lot of Grammy's this year so I used her voice. She has a very unique voice, and it is hard to capture her pitch and raise the level. I used my iPad app DJay to make this remake of "Set Fire to the Rain." I also at the time of the make using my speakers not my laptop so when I loaded the song to SoundCloud it peaked. What I mean by peaked is that the sound bogs and makes a hissing sound. I am sorry Adele- Set Fire tothe Rain (Dance Mix)but I will but a remastered version up soon. Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Splash the Color!

      I chose this week to do splash the color. The requirement for this project is to strip all color from a certain picture then color a key point in the picture. In my picture below I chose my key point as the sky. The sky in this picture makes this picture. The assignment is unique in the fact that you have to use editing software to get to your finished product. The reason why I thought it was unique was because Photoshop software is second nature to me. I recommend this software to anyone and everyone that would like to do this assignment. It is a challenge if you do not know anything about photo editing. If you do this assignment I strongly recommend youtubing color splashing technique. It is a very easy task to wrap your head around. Hope you enjoy my picture!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Greatest Hits CD

     I chose to do my first DS106 on music and design. This project was actually a whole lot harder than it looks. I had to do a bit of researching and a lot of "musical research" which I enjoyed. My project is on The All-American Rejects, one of the more consistent bands of the decade. They are also one of the only 10 plus year bands without a greatest hits album to date. This project was a joy and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys music.

                                                               CD COVER


Track List
  1. Dirty Little Secret-(3:13)
  2. Swing Swing-(3:52)
  3. Gives You Hell-(3:33)
  4. Move Along-(3:58)
  5. Stab My Back-(3:09)
  6. Night Drive-(3:23)
  7. It Ends Tonight-(4:04)
  8. Top of the World-(3:26)
  9. Fallin' Apart-(3:27)
  10. I Wanna-(3:29)
  11. Real World-(4:03)
  12. Change Your Mind-(3:38)
  13. Can't Take It-(2:52)
  14. Straitjacket Feeling-(3:37)
  15. Back To Me-(4:31)
  16. Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)-(3:15)
  17. The Last Song-(5:00)


     The All-American Rejects are a pop punk that was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999. The band was formed by bassist/lead vocals Tyson Ritter and guitarist/keyboard/programmer Nick Wheeler. The band later added guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylor to replace Tim Campbell as main band members. The bands clam-to-fame was in 2003 with the song “Swing, Swing.” The song was an international hit, and also was placed in other media outlets. The band released their breakout album after their self titled album. The album “Move Along” soon went gold showing the true potential of the band. After touring on Van's Warped Tour they released “When the World Comes Down” which derived from a lyric in the hit song Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down.) The band also had similar success with the hit song being “Gives You Hell” being the anchor for the album. In late march TAAR released “Kids in the Street” which looks to have a promising future.