Week 6 & 7 – The Greatest thing I ever did

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How long did it take you to learn how to create a movie. I feel like Thomas the Train. All I wanted to do is learn something about creating a movie. I finally figured it out. The only issue was that my video wasn’t really that great but I accomplished what I think is the greatest thing for me in DS106. It may not be pretty but I learned how to add titles, music, and voices all in one video. This was by far the most frustrating class I had ever taken but being able to tell my computer story with some of the things learned in class was like getting a scoop of my favorite ice-cream after fasting for a month. What I learned, I can’t wait to work on my Family reunion video that I can now create using the photos and videos from years past. I know my Dad will be so proud of me. I plan on posting it as soon as I get it completed in DS106 for everyone to see.
What a great experience after all. DS106 you Rock!

Check out my video.

Week 4 Summary – The Picture by design tells a story

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IMG_0139As I look back on what I learned about pictures in week 4 it seems pictures can definitely tell a story. I realize now that people see things differently through there individual eyes. That is what makes what I think is a great photographer as they can capture in a picture nature, angles, colors and shapes, using light, different types of lens and camera features that can actually result in a great story. I could have and really wanted to be a photographer when I was about 10 years old. I actually took some great pictures back then. As an adult I don’t seem to have that perspective anymore as in the case of my photos which I took in week 4. I realize now I should have taken pictures that showed a story through my eyes that would make a person want to finish what the picture is trying to tell and even ask follow on questions. My biggest take away in week 4 is that I need to start appreciating things around me and when I do take photos ask myself what story could I create or design using this picture or group of pictures that can have a lasting impact to the viewer or win a trophy or perhaps money or make someone happy that they have a treasure.

Week 5 – I GOT THIS: Cyber Security and The Modern Woman

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Internet security

This is the story of a recent college graduate who had a most unfortunate experience when she tried to take cyber security in her own hands, causing her to nearly miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime.

Lizzie is a 22-year-old female who recently graduated from Hamburger University (HU), where she studied the art of bread making. Our story begins with Lizzie being interviewed in the office of Clara, the head of the Cyber Security at HU. Lizzie is happy and explaining to Clara how she was offered a job where she was going to be able to sell all types of gourmet buns to restaurants, supermarkets, and diners by a major manufacture of breads and packaged sweets from the convenience of her home. Lizzie explains to Clara how exited she was to have the opportunity even though there was one catch, she had to purchase her own computer. She explained to Clara that she didn’t know much about computers and Lizzie told Clara “I thought I could handle it and I knew that our local retailer in the community had great deals on computers all the time and they had prices that were well within reach of what I could afford”. She went on to explain how she visited the local retailer and stated to the salesman that she only needed a computer that provided access to the Internet. “Clara, I declined to get any additional security packages offered because during the purchase I was told that there was security built into the PC already. Clara said to Lizzie “with your limited budget you thought your decision not to purchase extra stuff including having someone set up your new PC when she got home was the best decision?”

An excited Lizzie explains to Clara how she set up her computer by using the vendor provided diagram, which she felt, was very simple. “All I did was plug cable A into the connection A on the back of the computer. Then there was a statement that directed me to this thing called an Ethernet cable labeled cable B followed by directions for me to connect the other end of cable B to the Internet connection in my house. “ The diagram was easy for me and I really thought that I could do it on my own. Finally, she told Clara, “I connected the electric cable labeled C into the wall outlet, turned my computer on and received the welcome scene message. She said that she failed to read instructions displayed and selected the default answers, which I really didn’t think was important. Lizzie, did you also opted out of the 3 months trail of the additional security package by a security vendor because you did not have a credit card required to set up an account? Lizzie told Clara that there was built in security already on the computer. “Besides in a flash, I just remember I was on the World Wide Web!” Lizzie already had an email account, which she had created some time ago at the library at school. And so she logged into it, viewed and addressed some emails to friends. Lizzie was apparently ready to begin her new job. After a long day of computer fun, she went to sleep. The computer stays on…

The next morning Lizzie got up and was ready to start her work from home job.

Lizzie got close to her new computer where she heard some strange noises coming from it. To her surprise the new computer had a message displayed which said:
Youve_Been_Hacked

As the story goes the built in security features are not enough to protect you from hackers. You see, when you purchase a PC the security is only as good as the day it was prepared by the vendor. Ironically, every day new malicious items are created unbeknown to the consumer. Vendors can’t keep up fast enough. It is important for the consumer to know this however vendors don’t clearly provide the details. Would you buy a car that would not start? Probably, not. So why purchase a PC that has security flaws in it from the moment of receipt. Vendors should automatically provide lifelong security updates just like the vendors who provide life long map updates to a GPS, which just happens to be available on some models, at a cost, of course. Wouldn’t this be a great feature for a purchaser of a computer and likely accepted as no one wants to buy a lemon.
Lizzie’s new job didn’t get off to a great start as she lost 2 days pay in order to get her computer malicious software free. Oh what she could have avoided had she done some research or just asked Clara, the Director of Cyber Security at HU didn’t happen because, “I GOT THIS!”.

For more tips on protecting your computer, visit US Cert.

Week – 4 Design of a sign

In the Washington DC metropolitan area there are several forms of public transportation including bus, rail, metro (train) and even a bike share program Each of the surrounding communities have their own form of transportation as well. Northern Virginia has a system called VRE (Virginia Railway express). While of these are different transportation system and looking at the logos each appear to has created to appeal to the audience in there own special way. According to research Virginia chose to use its state colors (red) when it created its logo. I thought to myself they probably didn’t realize that red is a color that shows warmth. They also chose a diamond shape where the font is not easy to see while driving which is bad as defined by the definition of Typography or the visual part of the words word.
This was the most difficult to get really close as the reason it is so blurry.

Maryland chose a font that actually looks like a train and has the color of orange which is also a warm color. They also created the logo with the color Blue which is a cool color that is associated with calmness, trust, and professionalism. Hey, it is expensive to ride and most of the people who use it are professionals who live in the suburbs.

Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority(WMTA) chose the color Black and White and this says a lot because the color black is associated with power, elegance, formality, and fits well with the many people who commute into work to Capital Hill.

Typography “is the visual component of the written word” – It is the form in which text is displayed, and the characteristics of the type used- Is san serif always better? why or why not? What do aspects of font weight, style, spacing, kerning have to do with how a message is transmitted and received?

Virginia Railway Express

Virginia Railway Express

Metropolitan Washington DC  number one people mover

Metropolitan Washington DC number one people mover

Maryland's Public Rail System

Maryland’s Public Rail System

Get real! Pepsi

Wow, just think about it. Do you think that parents could really be blown away by the taste of a drink and forget about what their child may have done. As a parent. I don’t think so. This commercial for a new type of Pepsi called Pepsi Next was very creative, reminded me of the movie Risky Business when the mom sees a crack in her egg but doesn’t want to believe that something has happened in the house, and just like the movie was unrealistic. I guess the Pepsi brand is what sells the product.

The element of surprise is when the parents enter the house the has that has been turned into what looks like a nightclub with flashing lights, loud music and crazy acting people doing strange things.

Although a very catchy ad, with the use of starting and stopping of sound layering, along with many camera angels or scene changes. Here is the breakdown in 5 second intervals. I can only assume that this product is being marketed to the young crowd and perhaps to make people think that less sugar in a drink is ok if the flavor is ok as well.

By the way the commecial has not convinced me to buy the product by the famous brand because I believe sodas of any type are not good for you. I also didn’t realize the significance of the milk or the cat other than maybe they are saying that you can drink the product instead of milk because it has less sugar. Or perhaps a parody where you say “no more milk” like Chic-fil-a “no more beef”

(0 – 5 seconds)

Action
Partying/dancing/youngsters horsing around loud noise in the background

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Dark Room with changing lights

Camera Angle
There are 4 different scenes around the room in the first 5 seconds
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(6 – 10 seconds)
Action
Parents enter the house. This is the element of surprise for the kid having the party.
loud noise in the background

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Parents walk into their house and call out the name of their son

Camera Angle
There are two different scenes
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(11 – 15 seconds)
Action
Parents survey what is going on

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Parents move through the chaos going on in the house, loud noise in the background

Camera Angle
There are six different scenes
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(16 – 20 seconds)

Action
Son gives parents a can of Pepsi Next

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Parents get Pepsi Next, A person who is on the ceiling with duct, Noise is still loud

Camera Angle
There are 5 different scenes

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(21 – 25 seconds)
Action
Parents drink the soda talk to their son about the product

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Discussion occurs and there is movement between the different people at the party

Camera Angle
There are 4 different scenes
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(26 – 30 seconds)

Action
Parents discuss and address the flavor of the product
Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Product flavor is addressed, someone is pouring milk on their head, a cow is heard

Camera Angle
There are 3 different scenes

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(30 – 35 seconds)

Action
Partying/dancing/youngsters horsing around

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Things go silent, everyone is listening to the Dad talk about the product

Camera Angle
There are 4 different scenes
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(35 – 40 seconds)

Action
Lights flashing no music

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Focused on Dad who has enjoyed the product

Camera Angle
There are 3 different scenes
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(41 – 45 seconds)
Action
Celebration of the approval of the drink by everyone

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Laughter and smiles immediately followed by the Duct Taped person comes crashing to the floor on top of a cat

Camera Angle
There are 3 different scenes

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(46 – 51 seconds)
Action
Cat screams, then the approval of the drink by the look on the faces of everyone is concurred as if nothing has happened. (Poor cat)

Setting
Inside a really nice house

Visual
Approval is displayed by the heads of the people who seem to ignore the state of what has happened. The product is shown one last time.

Camera Angle
There are 2 different scenes

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Exercise

My moto machine

Light can impact a picture. The angel of the light can cause shadows which can result in distortion of the object.

Can you guess the what object makes this shadow?
Click here for the answer Surprisingly up until the start of this class I was able to workout every day. Now I have only been able to take pictures of it for use during this class to show light angles.

While taking these pictures I was attempting to direct the attention which is one method, however I don’t believe that my picture was what was really correct after investigating the light shadows and the on objects.

On a subsequent attempt I think it may have been a much better.

Can you tell the time of day

Can you tell the time of day

Light all around

Light all around

Photo blitz around the house

No one ever took pictures of me as a baby. Growing up, as the fifth of the six children in my family, I was the only one who did not have a baby picture. In fact the first picture of me was when I was 3 years old. Everyone else had pictures during the early days of less that 1 month old.

When I was in sixth grade I decided to sell cards to aunts, uncles, and neighbors so that I could purchase a camera. I felt that I wanted to explore photography since there were very few pictures of me and I needed a camera of my own. I reached the card sales goal, was able to get a camera and used it for about two months. My oldest sister who was in high school at the time took my camera on her senior class trip and lost it. I was so devastated, because she never asked to borrow it. There was no way to get another camera at the time.

I still had an interest in photography but every time I got a new camera something would always go wrong. Like suntan lotion spilled out in my beach bag and ruined my next camera. My current camera shutter window won’t close even when it is in the off position so I had to use the iPhone for this assignment

Well, this assignment made me think of how much I wanted to be a photographer as a kid. Never got there but here is my photos from around the house.

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