Monthly Archives: September 2014

Darn Fountains!

Darn Fountains!

Link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/optical-illusion/

You know, it really sucks not being able to use water fountains sometimes. They just don’t design them for people with outrageous sized hands! Pushing the button for water is surprisingly hard.

After some quick thought, this one came to me as a no-brainer (and it had more light than my previous entry so yeah…)! A local water fountain, camera, and my own hand were all I needed. I wish I could have stood back a bit further, but I was already up against a wall. I’m thinking I might need to invest in an adjustable stand at some point.

Somehow, I equated Jim’s message of Force + Light = Water.

<Stop and take a moment to process that; it doesn’t make sense>

Let me know what you think!

:)

The Big Picture

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Once more we are back at the end of yet another thrilling week.A lot has happened this week for all of us, and I must say it has been fun despite me being sick. But anyways, enough of me yammering about my health, here is a breakdown of what has been going on.

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The Wire

This week’s episodes of the wire were all rather thrilling. I was very happy to see the Lieutenant finally get McNulty on the case; I can’t wait to see who he can piss off in the weeks to come. I am also happy to see that Bunk is now on the team as well. His personality is just down right hilarious at times (seriously, pissing on a railroad while talking with McNulty); furthermore, who can forget him coming into work wearing sweats. I especially like Lester’s comment on his lacrosse sweat shirt. Kima and Daniel’s situation with their partner/wife is also continuing to get more interesting. The expression Kima’s partner had when she was shown the type of container where the dead women were found somewhat confused me. At least on my computer (resolution for videos is kind of meh), it looked like she fully understood why Kima took the assignment, but at the same time it did not look like that. Meanwhile, Daniel’s wife is under the impression that he should have just left rather than jump back into this mess. On another note, I did get an “Oh $#!%” moment when the tennis ball with the wire in it got destroyed. I’m curious to know if anyone else had one of those kind of feelings.

The biggest part about this week’s episodes that really stuck out to me was the situations surrounding Omar and the Barksdale Organization. Firstly, the fact that Omar shut that lawyer up was just priceless! I have been waiting for an entire season for someone to stick it to that dirt bag, and it finally happened! IT WAS SO SATISFYING!!!!  What is even more impressive is that he lied about the gun and got away with it. Omar and McNulty’s conversation at the end was just good. It was almost akin to when you do something bad and get away with a lie then your friend asks you “Did you actually do it?” and you give them an answer that eludes to saying “yeah.” The downside to this good event was seeing D’Angelo die. All he wanted was to get out of the game and start anew, but he could not do it. I think it would not have been nearly as bad if had put up a fight, but seeing him choked to death was just not a good way to go out. To make matters worse, everyone believes he killed himself, and is calling him “weak.” I am wondering will Avon find out that Stringer had him killed eventually; for that matter, I’m beginning to wonder will Stringer end up running everything one day. Stringer is becoming a very good bad guy. Not only did he have D’Angelo killed, but then he even showed up at the funeral and showed up at the house of D’s mom and acted like he did not do a thing. That’s just cold-blooded.

Lastly, the Sobotkas are really beginning to get more and more interesting. Ziggy still comes across to me as being a little punk that thinks he tough. The fact that he is upset with Nick because he does not let him handle the packages is just baffling. As Nick stated in S2E08, all he has to do is sit there and collect money; this literally means he does not have to do anything, but squirrel it away rather than just act like it’s nothing. I mean for crying out loud he threw that stack of money out of the car like it was nothing. I was more impressed no one was around to grab it! Nick is a little more interesting with each episode. From what I can tell, he seems to be using this money to try and get his life running. Between his kid, his girl, and trying to get a new house, he seems to be doing all of this shady stuff just to get ahead with them. Again, that is what I can tell; I still have some pondering to do about that. Frank, on the other hand, is always pissed off. His office is like a can of pissed off. He visually shows it, and the environment around him tends to show it. I think he has gotten wise to the cops though, which was pretty darn fast to be quite honest. Right now, he seems to be really concerned about keeping family together and safe (a theme I’m beginning to see in this series), but at the same time it begs the question as to why he continues to do these shady dealings.

I know I sad lastly, but this is just another random note. I believe I heard dogs howling during McNulty’s “booty calls.” I’m looking for those audio cues now :)

The Wire Live

These were the main things that stuck out to me as I visually saw them. For some odd reason, when there was dialogue and noise, they did not really stick out to me, but when everything was quiet, they all stuck out clearly. These assignments have actually been pretty neat experiments. Again, I had more posts, but these were the ones that really stuck out to me as the most important and note-worthy ones.

Doin’ My Dailies

Drawing of Jim Groom as A Stick Figure

Article

As I have stated before, I am no artist, but I can draw stickfigures (barely)!

So I decided to draw Jim Groom, with lightning. For some odd reason the name “Reverend” sounds like lightning should be associated with it. Perhaps I’ve played one to many fantasy games.

Additional Thoughts

– I don’t think I have anything to add. For once this felt satisfying. I might would have made his head bigger, that seems to be a common theme.

The Noise of Sick Life

Article

Unfortunately, I have been sick over the weekend, but I managed to capture the sounds around me. They aren’t the best, and I don’t have the best sound equipment, but it came out decently I think. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the 30 seconds of sick life.

Additional Thoughts

– Again I am sorry that I was not able to make anything more interesting for this, but I was cooped up in my room, and trying to avoid others as much as possible. What you are hearing is my fan. It actually took several attempts to capture the noise of it because it just did not come out correctly many times.

Photo Blitz Fun!

This week (more like today) I participated in my first photo blitz! It was fun to say the least and I would write more on it, but I actually tried to tell it like a small tale. So let me just put it here and let you read it, rather than me summarize it!

It started at 12:43, and I had no clue what I was going to take pictures of. So when I am typically hopeless and lost, I go for a walk. It allows me to gather my thoughts and sift out a bunch of useless ideas.

#1. Forced Perspective – make something small look big or something big look small.

That is until I ran into the world’s smallest fire extinguisher! Either that or I am getting a lot taller. I saw this one and figured this had to go in the blitz. With that all said and done, I was feeling pretty positive about how this photo blitz was going to go. I continued walking out of my dorm and cut to the back of Monroe where I found…

#2. Make an abstract or literal photo that expresses how you feel.

I feel like I am changing all the time. And it is more than just classes, phases of life, or attitude. Either that or I took the picture because I’m changing from sick back to healthy (I still feel pretty terrible :( ). Anyways, I took this picture and continued down campus, awaiting to see what pictures I could take. I passed Lee Hall and made my way towards Trinkle. It was here where I saw an interesting item, and took…

#3. How do ants see the world? Change your perspective!

You might not be able to tell, but let me explain why this one is important. That green object in the center is a cup, but not just any cup. It is a Krispy Kreme cup! Any ant would go haywire for all that sugary goodness. I figured this would be a perfect spot to get an ant’s perspective on the world. I took a moment to collect myself then I noticed that campus looked really nice today.

#4. Take a landscape photo

Truth be told, I did not know whether it meant landscape as in varied terrain or whether it meant a landscape style photo. Either way, I figured I captured some variety in this picture and it was on the way so I felt really good about this one. Unfortunately, I believe I was running out of time, and there were still three more pictures left! So I began to make my way towards a clearing to grab the next picture.

#5. Change perspective! Look up in the sky and take a photo of what’s going on.

Zilcho! Nothing is happening in the sky! It did get another picture finished, so I hurried back to the nearest building, because I really needed to find a window. This lead me back into my dorm to take yet another picture.

#6. Take a photo of a scene looking out of a window.

Unfortunately, my dorm’s windows are rather terrible and disgusting. The fountain would look much better if I could have gotten into a classroom in Monroe, but I could not. My time was running out and the last photo was not going to happen, but then I saw it! I knew it was my destiny to finish off with a bang (more like a wimper)!

#7. Take a photo of a bird today.

A reflective bird sticker was on a glass in the dorm. I was saved, and managed to get all 7 photos! Now before you get into a tizzy-fit, I looked for an actual bird, but they all seemed to be high up in trees. They weren’t being too cooperative today, but what do you really expect from birds? My alarm began to go off, and that let me know that my twenty minutes were up! Unfortunately, my friends, I must bid you farewell!

Start 12:43 – 1:03

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Pictures 4 Fun!

5 Dots, 4 Lines 1 Curve

So this was an interesting assignment. The goal was to draw something using 4 lines, 5 dots, and 1 curve. I immediately thought of the classic ice cream cone you learn to draw as a kid. I had one big, pink dot, and four smaller ones as sprinkles. Add in a nice caramel curve, and the ice cream itself is finished!

Next came the cone, which required two lines to make (you can sneak an extra curve in if you used the big pink dot). I had two lines left so I decided to cross them to somewhat make a waffle cone.

That was pretty easy! I’d like to see what you can do. Speaking of which, let me know what you think!

Additional Thoughts

– This one was pretty easy and fun to do! I’m certain more artistic students can come up with some really cool things. I, on the other hand, can only think of ice cream.

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<Assignment name eludes me at the moment>

One of these things just doesn’t belong here… I’m very curious to know if you can find it! This one was simple for me to make because I immediately thought about LEGO.

This did not take long to make, it just took a couple of minifig parts, the correct lighting, macro mode on a camera, and the right little illusion. Kudos to you if you can spot the difference!

Additional Thoughts

– If you can’t figure it out I will tell you the answer, but as for now, I am not going to say anything!

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What’s in your Gullet?

These are the last beverages I have had over the weekend. If you are wondering why they are full, it is because I did not want to sift through my garbage to go and grab the empty bottles, especially since sick materials are the majority of my trash at the moment.

Why go with those drinks?

– Water is just plain good. You never know how much you miss it until you go to another country where the water is not so clean and all you can drink is the purified water they bring you (which I might add will run out very quickly). Dr. Pepper is just another one of those really awesome sodas that are out there. If you are on campus, Seaco actually has really good Dr. Pepper, but not the Nest. Remember that little fact!. Lastly, Mountain Dew is gamer fuel/programming fuel! It is by far my favorite soda. If I’m going to be up all night, I’m grabbing Mountain Dew!

 

Were any of the meals you had with them extraordinary?

– The meal I had with Mountain Dew was pretty extraordinary. I ordered Chinese since I was feeling better on Saturday and had a bottle of it with some General Tso’s Chicken. It was phenomenal! Yes I do consider this extraordinary, it is not campus food damn-it!

Who did you have them with, if anyone?

– Oddly enough, I did have each one of these drinks as I was talking with my brother over Xbox Live and watching Youtube videos. It is as close as I wanted to get to anyone while I was feeling under the weather. And before you ask, no while I was at the worst of my sickness, I was only drinking water. I literally just had a Mountain Dew yesterday and a Dr. Pepper today (although I’ve got one of each in reserve now).

That’s whats in my Gullet!

Additional Thoughts

– I must reiterate once more, I did not go digging through my trash to find the bottles since my trash is full of sick materials. Since I had additional bottles of what I drank, I just took pictures of already filled bottles. If I had seen this assignment ahead of time then I would have left them out rather than trashing them.

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Larger than Life

Here is a photo of one of my fans!

This is the smaller of my two fans and this picture actually makes it seem really tall now that I look at it. I image that a minifig would see this as some form of a dark spire that possesses wind energy, but that’s just my thought on it. The lightning was not necessarily bright, but that was done to try and make this a bit of a dark picture of a towering object. Unfortunately, since this was a black object, I placed it against a white wall just to contrast it so you could clearly see that this was a fan.

Additional Thoughts

– I really need better lighting I know! I will try to get some better lights as I go along!

Edit: Here is the link to my last visual assignment. I found out one of my assignments was actually worth 2 stars even though it said 4. Here is the link to the last assignment.

Link: http://www.nrandallumwdomain.com/ds106/optical-illusions/

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Wrapping Up

This week has been a blast! I have had fun. However I do have one problem that still needs to be solved.

I DON’T HAVE A GROUP!!! 

We have a project coming up and I still need a group, so if anyone is interested or if there is a list going around, let me know so I can get on it.

Sadly though, we are at the end of another week.

See you all next weekend!

:)

Of Air and Life

Larger than Life

Here is a photo of one of my fans!

Link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/larger-than-life/

This is the smaller of my two fans and this picture actually makes it seem really tall now that I look at it. I image that a minifig would see this as some form of a dark spire that possesses wind energy, but that’s just my thought on it. The lightning was not necessarily bright, but that was done to try and make this a bit of a dark picture of a towering object. Unfortunately, since this was a black object, I placed it against a white wall just to contrast it so you could clearly see that this was a fan.

Let me know what you think!
:)

Sitting in My Gullet

What's in your Gullet?

These are the last beverages I have had over the weekend. If you are wondering why they are full, it is because I did not want to sift through my garbage to go and grab the empty bottles, especially since sick materials are the majority of my trash at the moment.

Link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/whats-in-your-gullet/

Why go with those drinks?

– Water is just plain good. You never know how much you miss it until you go to another country where the water is not so clean and all you can drink is the purified water they bring you (which I might add will run out very quickly). Dr. Pepper is just another one of those really awesome sodas that are out there. If you are on campus, Seaco actually has really good Dr. Pepper, but not the Nest. Remember that little fact!. Lastly, Mountain Dew is gamer fuel/programming fuel! It is by far my favorite soda. If I’m going to be up all night, I’m grabbing Mountain Dew!

 

Were any of the meals you had with them extraordinary?

– The meal I had with Mountain Dew was pretty extraordinary. I ordered Chinese since I was feeling better on Saturday and had a bottle of it with some General Tso’s Chicken. It was phenomenal! Yes I do consider this extraordinary, it is not campus food damn-it!

Who did you have them with, if anyone?

– Oddly enough, I did have each one of these drinks as I was talking with my brother over Xbox Live and watching Youtube videos. It is as close as I wanted to get to anyone while I was feeling under the weather. And before you ask, no while I was at the worst of my sickness, I was only drinking water. I literally just had a Mountain Dew yesterday and a Dr. Pepper today (although I’ve got one of each in reserve now).

That’s whats in my Gullet!

What’s in yours?

Let me know what you think!

:)

One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong…

Four Legs

One of these things just doesn't belong here...

Link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/where-is-the-error/

One of these things just doesn’t belong here… I’m very curious to know if you can find it! This one was simple for me to make because I immediately thought about LEGO.

This did not take long to make, it just took a couple of minifig parts, the correct lighting, macro mode on a camera, and the right little illusion. Kudos to you if you can spot the difference!

I wanted to find something that was decently challenging, but at the same time not impossible. My personal guess is that it will be difficult for someone who is not into LEGO greatly to notice the difference (I will post an answer picture later).

Let me know what you think!

:)

A Picture of Minimality (Yes, I made that word up!)

4_5_1_Challenge

Link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/4-lines-5-dots-1-curve/

So this was an interesting assignment. The goal was to draw something using 4 lines, 5 dots, and 1 curve. I immediately thought of the classic ice cream cone you learn to draw as a kid. I had one big, pink dot, and four smaller ones as sprinkles. Add in a nice caramel curve, and the ice cream itself is finished!

Next came the cone, which required two lines to make (you can sneak an extra curve in if you used the big pink dot). I had two lines left so I decided to cross them to somewhat make a waffle cone.

That was pretty easy! I’d like to see what you can do. Speaking of which, let me know what you think!

:)

BLITZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was my first photo blitz ever; it was actually pretty fun to do! I found myself trying to go for some interesting pictures, so I hope you will enjoy as I take you through this little tale.

It started at...

It started at 12:43, and I had no clue what I was going to take pictures of. So when I am typically hopeless and lost, I go for a walk. It allows me to gather my thoughts and sift out a bunch of useless ideas.

Is that really that small?

#1. Forced Perspective – make something small look big or something big look small.

That is until I ran into the world’s smallest fire extinguisher! Either that or I am getting a lot taller. I saw this one and figured this had to go in the blitz. With that all said and done, I was feeling pretty positive about how this photo blitz was going to go. I continued walking out of my dorm and cut to the back of Monroe where I found…

I feel like a tree sometimes...

#2. Make an abstract or literal photo that expresses how you feel.

I feel like I am changing all the time. And it is more than just classes, phases of life, or attitude. Either that or I took the picture because I’m changing from sick back to healthy (I still feel pretty terrible :(  ). Anyways, I took this picture and continued down campus, awaiting to see what pictures I could take. I passed Lee Hall and made my way towards Trinkle. It was here where I saw an interesting item, and took…

KRISPY CREME!!!

#3. How do ants see the world? Change your perspective!

You might not be able to tell, but let me explain why this one is important. That green object in the center is a cup, but not just any cup. It is a Krispy Kreme cup! Any ant would go haywire for all that sugary goodness. I figured this would be a perfect spot to get an ant’s perspective on the world.  I took a moment to collect myself then I noticed that campus looked really nice today.

Campus looks nice!

#4. Take a landscape photo

Truth be told, I did not know whether it meant landscape as in varied terrain or whether it meant a landscape style photo. Either way, I figured I captured some variety in this picture and it was on the way so I felt really good about this one. Unfortunately, I believe I was running out of time, and there were still three more pictures left! So I began to make my way towards a clearing to grab the next picture.

Is there anything in the sky?

#5. Change perspective! Look up in the sky and take a photo of what’s going on.

Zilcho! Nothing is happening in the sky! It did get another picture finished, so I hurried back to the nearest building, because I really needed to find a window. This lead me back into my dorm to take yet another picture.

View from Willard

#6. Take a photo of a scene looking out of a window.

Unfortunately, my dorm’s windows are rather terrible and disgusting. The fountain would look much better if I could have gotten into a classroom in Monroe, but I could not. My time was running out and the last photo was not going to happen, but then I saw it! I knew it was my destiny to finish off with a bang (more like a wimper)!

Okay so maybe not an actual bird...

#7. Take a photo of a bird today.

A reflective bird sticker was on a glass in the dorm. I was saved, and managed to get all 7 photos! Now before you get into a tizzy-fit, I looked for an actual bird, but they all seemed to be high up in trees. They weren’t being too cooperative today, but what do you really expect from birds? My alarm began to go off, and that let me know that my twenty minutes were up! Unfortunately, my friends, I must bid you farewell!

and ended at...

 

Start 12:43 – 1:03

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About this

I had fun with this! This was like a scavenger hunt, but it did not suck! More importantly, you were on the clock, which meant you could not be a stickler for getting the perfect picture. I had to make due with what I had around me, and I think it came out pretty darn well. Let me know what you all think as usual!

:)

 

Jim Groom the StickFigure

Jim Groom the StickFigure

As I have stated before, I am no artist, but I can draw stickfigures (barely)!

So I decided to draw Jim Groom, with lightning. For some odd reason the name “Reverend” sounds like lightning should be associated with it. Perhaps I’ve played one to many fantasy games.

Anyways, let me know what you think, especially if your name is Jim Groom!

:)

Audio, Audio, Audio: A Tale of the Week

Alrighty, here we are at the end of another week. Let us start this out on a good note.

The Wire

(Unfortunately I watched all the episode back to back so it all just merges together)

Now everything is beginning to pick up. I am beginning to see where the story is going to center around a lot of the activity at the dock. I am very curious to see how McNulty will get involved with the actual case that is going to start up. McNulty is edging closer and closer to ending up in this case. Speaking of McNulty, his family issues are some what weird to watch. To be quite honest, I am not entirely interested in his family life. However, I can tell you that I am interested to see what becomes of D’Angelo and the rest of Barksdale’s crew in prison. I really have the feeling that something bad is going to happen because D’Angelo is clearly showing that he no longer wants to be in the “game” anymore. It is funny to me that Avon and the others do not exactly see what he actually wants. By Stringer’s dialogue, it seems as though they want to put him away from that stuff, but still want him to stay in the game.

Now then, I am excited to see the team getting together again, but I am very curious to see how this all works out. Especially since Quima and Daniel’s wife/partner seriously did not want that to happen. That specific scene where they rounded around the table between the four was just perfect. Nothing needed to be said, you just watched facial expressions. That alone told you what was going on.

The story about Ziggy and Nick is also warming up. Their personalities are just completely different and the way they go about things are just different. I am very curious to see how this situation with paying back those gang members goes. I mean, Ziggy’s car is gone and I am not really seeing how he is going to pay them back. The situation just looks bad.

These are just some thoughts on The Wire.

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Daily Creates

http://www.nrandallumwdomain.com/ds106/that-feeling-when-you-pass-a-test/

http://www.nrandallumwdomain.com/ds106/how-to-burpee/

This week, I created two daily creates. Here is some stuff about them:

That Feeling when you Pass a Test

You really gotta be happy when you pass that test you studied for. Especially when you work hard, and pass it with flying colors.

I just wanted to add this picture up for a daily create; it really summed up a lot of happiness that is generated on campus (at least academic wise).

How to Burpee

This was an interesting daily create. I’ve never heard of this being called a burpee before. However, I figured putting a helpless stick figure through it is much better than me trying to do it.

Additional Thoughts

Passing a Test – This one seriously does speak for itself. Coming up with this picture was a no brainer. We have all been there! We have all taken a test (especially if it was a hard one) and passed it with flying colors at some point. You really do feel like it is your birthday. If you have never experienced that feeling, then you really need to join the club; it is an awesome feeling!

How to Burpee- As stated, I never even knew what this even was. I have done them before, and I have terrible memories of them. That was where I found inspiration to draw this up. Specifically in the stick figure’s speech. One thing you will learn about me is that I am not into the whole exercise thing. Especially doing these.

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Brainstorm Time!

In case you missed it, here it is:

The Wire and Technology goes off of the basis of a couple of main points:

1. This show was done in 2003 (correct me if I’m wrong).

2. The technology used is probably out dated.

3. Criminal methods have probably improved over years.

So, what I was thinking was what if The Wire had been made in 2014? How would it be different? Would character representations be different? Would the kind of technology they used, such as pagers and pay phones (I haven’t seen either of these in years) still be used? Other interesting things to take a look at would include various some scenes where certain technology was used as well. I’m just curious to know how would this show be different; I think it would be at least.

I’m still cooking the idea in my head, so that is all for now; I will probably update this if I think of anything else.

Additional Thoughts

Wire and Technology – I think this could possibly go somewhere. Methods and routines typically change overtime as technology changes. Furthermore, with more advanced technology now becoming common, this could drastically change how certain events and scenes could be portrayed in The Wire. Again, right now I just need some more feedback, and some more time to fully let the idea cook. I feel like I am going somewhere with this, I just need a little direction.

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On the Jennifer Ralston Interview

Rather than me telling you a brief version of what I wrote, feel free to take a look at it right here!

First thing is first, I am amazed at the level of detail that went into making this interview; it was very clear, informative, and it was professional on all level! So with that out of the way, let me give a summary on my thoughts for the interview.

1. The More You Know

I had no clue that so much time and effort was devoted towards sound. It was stated in the interview that the, “Behind the Scenes,” tidbits that are done on television are generally focused around actors, the filming, or even some research behind a given show. However, none of them have ever focused on the amount of detail that goes into producing the specific sound effects that really add to the moment. I think I truly discovered how important sound was when I listened to S2E04 of The Wire, and then listened to the sections of The Wire that were in the interview. The sound really does add to the atmosphere in a way that most people do not notice.

2. Hidden Secrets

Most people do not know me, but I am the kind of person who does not read into things. My mind was blown when Jennifer mentioned that the different sound effects were also cues to certain events/activities that were going on. For example, when McNulty is on his “booty calls” and dogs are making noise. I actually looked up those scenes, and heard a dog howling, and it consistently did that. Furthermore, she brought up a very valid point about silence. Rather than making the different scenes quiet, Jennifer stated that reinforcing sounds in the given area is key because you generally would not notice them if people were talking. Again, I would have never noticed any of this, and that is what amazed me!

3. Sound and Reality

Okay, was anyone else impressed with her explanation of the sounds in the scene where Quima got shot? I sure as hell was! The first time I saw that scene, it was a disaster. Voices, choppers, cars, sirens, radios, and more were making so much noise. Yet, in all the confusion, it all made sense as to what was going on. Think about it for a second; most movies would probably have a couple of radio calls then an epic, car rush to get to the scene (cue epic music as well). However, what we witnessed was a rushed incident that made sense in the show, and more importantly, made sense in reality. By that I mean, the radio calls meant something, rather than them being just some random calls over radio because the viewers probably do not know any better. The fact that they got an actual cop to sit down and make the radio calls make sense is just awesome. I had my suspicions about whether this show had some real elements in it, and now I think I can definitely say it does.

4. Sound and $$$ (your suppose to make that cha-ching sound!)

Rarely do I care what happens outside of my major. I will admit, that it was very interesting to hear that sound design is actually a good field to go into. I was impressed to hear that she got paid to do it while in school. I was also amazed to hear that very few people actually go into creating these sounds. Sounds make up a lot of memorable moments in movies (not including music). The level of detail that was outlined in the production of it was really interesting as well. She gave a good view of how sound production has changed as technology has. The one part that really stood out was when she talked about the scene where D’Angelo and Stringer were talking near traffic. She mention that on one side you had traffic sound being picked up by the mic, but on the other side, you did not get those sounds. The fact that they manage to blend those together to produce a realistic sounding scene is phenomenal! I can see why someone working in sound gets paid so much; when they do a good job like that, it really blends in well!

5. Final Thoughts 

I was thoroughly impressed with the interview, and I left it feeling like I knew much more. The questions asked were on par, and the overall discussion was entertaining and worth listening to. I typically do not listen to these kind of things simply because they are rather dull to me, but this one was just perfect!

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Now, onto the last and most interesting part of the week.

Audio, Audio, Audio

Let me take you through all of these, one by one:

This was my very first sound story. Here are my thoughts on it:

Credits to sounds from:
jmbphilmes – www.freesound.org/people/jmbphilmes/sounds/200273/

Yuval – www.freesound.org/people/Yuval/sounds/205817/

vhlam –
www.freesound.org/people/vhlam/sounds/203171/

joedeshon – www.freesound.org/people/joedeshon/sounds/117416/

mungous – www.freesound.org/people/mungous/sounds/62878/

Here was my first attempt at creating a sound story. If you can guess the sounds, give yourself a pat on the back! Creating this was much different than anything I have ever made before. I have not had a proper tutorial on Audacity, but this was attempt #1. Finding sounds was rather fun on free sounds! I began by looking for the most persistent, background noises then built up from there. I am curious to know how to move sound to later parts of the track though. That will probably useful for future events.

Additional Thoughts – I think that this went well. I really want to see a full tutorial on how to use Audacity. I pretty much had to create this on trial and error, but I know you can do some wild things with it. I initially wanted to go with a person walking through the rain and going home, but I wound up with a person leaving home to go on a walk in the rain. Either way, I tried my best to capture a semi-busy neighborhood in a city. All the sounds seemed to work well, and I actually ended up reducing the volume of the door opening and the sirens. The noise of the city also had to be lowered because I did not want that to be the main focus, but rather an ambient sound. Lastly, I had to trim each one to around 45 seconds; you should have seen the first time I trimmed it incorrectly. I freaked out!

Here is a bit more about me. The article is below:

This was an interesting one to see posted. I had to stop and think about something interesting in my life that was worth sharing. Of course, being in college, I reflected back to entering college. Fortunately, coming up with the audio was simple since it was just speech. As for the story, it is just under 2 minutes.

Additional Thoughts – This was just me being me. Soundcloud, headset, and a quiet room was all I needed. This was a nice assignment, but it had me confused because old posts stated it was worth 4.5 stars (which had me thinking was there more I had to do). Overall, it was a good self-reflection.

My Initial Thoughts:

So… this is rain, from my voice. I have to admit, I did this about 7 times before I got it to where I wanted it. I had my fan on in the background and began to make a somewhat watery sound with my mouth (you know how rain sounds). I did not get a good rainfall pitter-patter, so I tried to go for more of a heavy kind of rainfall.

This one was really weird to be quite honest. Making it was easy, but trying to get everything when combined to sound right was not. I tried tapping fingers, moving the fan closer, shaking a water bottle, and a few other things on my keyboard. I figured I should not cheat since I am at my computer, ant this all seemed to come out decently.

Additional Thoughts- Looking at this now, I still don’t even know what to say about this. I tried to make this sound good, but man did I fail at it. I thought this would be fairly easy, but making it sound convincing and real is just plain difficult. Seriously, if you do not believe me, try it! I dare you! It is actually difficult (or I actually am that terrible at it). You really won’t know how it sounds until you play it back. Then you really hear the horrible nature of your voice. However, it did make me laugh!

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That’s all for this week, I hope you all enjoyed this quick blog!

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