The next assignment that I decided to do for this week was How does a song make you feel. I listen to music all the time. When I am driving to a from school, walking around campus, doing homework, cooking, cleaning, etc. So I feel like I get really attached to songs and almost every song can bring out some sort of emotion out of me.
When I was thinking about this assignment I automatically knew that I wanted to do a throwback 80s song as the song I would listen to and share my emotions. That is when I ended up choosing to listen to I Wanna Dance With Someone by Whitney Houston.
I think almost everyone has heard this song by Whitney Houston and I was so excited to listen to it since I had not heard it in a long time and I wanted to see what type of emotions this song would bring to me.
I clicked play on the youtube video and started listening. Almost automatically, I wanted to get up and dance around. This song is such a feel good dance song and I realized how much I love this song. I also just has a really fun message without being inappropriate or weird like a lot of music now a days is.
This song also brought back a lot of memories from high school! My friends and I would listen to this song a lot. I do not know exactly why we would always listen to this song but we did.
I have some many things that I have want to do in the future that when I saw that creating a bucket list could be one of my assignments, I was so excited to be able to write them all down! I am so excited to travel and experience so many different things in my life so I am going to list my top 10 that I have not done yet and still want to experience. This is not in any type of order!
Skydiving (planning on going with my roommate this spring)
Travel around Europe (kind of like backpacking)
Go on a mission trip
Go to all 50 states
Visit Australia (Literally my dream vacation)
Go to a Late Night TV Taping (Preferably James Cordon)
Go on a wild life safari
Go up in a hot air ballon
See all 8 wonders of the world (I have already seen The Colosseum)
Touch 6 out of 7 Continents and swim in 4 out of 5 Ocean (Probably my number 1)
I had a lot of fun being able to finally write out some of the things that are on my mental bucket list!
The assignment Letter From Out of the Blue was the first assignment that I decided to do for this week! I was so excited when I saw that this was one of the assignments that I would be able to do this week. I tend to write letters with a lot of my friends that live far away because I think it such a sweet form of communication. I think communication through texting or other social media platforms can feel impersonal.
I decided that for this assignment I would write a letter to one of my friends, Olivia. I met Olivia this summer while working at a camp. We became very close friend really fast and it has been really sad going back to our normal lives. She lives in Kentucky so I have not seen Olivia since this summer and I decided that she would be perfect to write a letter out of the blue.
I got a cute card, that I already had in my desk and started writing. The letter contain a bunch of me updating her on my life and what has been going on and asking her questions about her life in Kentucky.
I had a lot of fun with this assignment and getting to connect with an old friend!
I felt like this week, I really got to experience this class and tap into my creative side. I really enjoy all the assignment that I got the opportunity to do this week.
First, I started working on the daily creates. I really enjoyed these little activities that I got to do daily for the 4 days that I did them. My favorite one that I did was Make visual haiku. I really enjoyed being able to take myself back to one of my favorite places in the world!
The next thing I started doing for the week was work on the 3 assignments. The first assignment I choose to do was to make a simple program. I really enjoyed this assignment because I got to call on other skills that I have developed over the past couple of years at UMW. I decided to make a simple program to help you know how early you would have to leave for something if you knew the distance you would have to travel and the speed at which you would be traveling.
The next assignment that I did was probably my favorite out the week which was toe create my own room on Pinterest. I have been using Pinterest since early high school and have be planning out my future house for years. However, in this assignment I got to plan out my bedroom but as if I grew up in the 80s. I really enjoyed being able to use one of my favorite social media’s and plan out this room. I also got to add in an 80s themed photo wall which I love!
The last assignment that I did was the Concert you want to be at assignment. This assignment was probably the most difficult and challenging one for me. I first started off with having to pick the 80s band that I would be at a concert on. I ended up choosing ACDC because I grew up listen to them in the car with my dad. I got to try out my skills at Photoshop which was both frustrating and rewarding.
The first daily create that I did was Respond to Facebook’s VP of Public Policy with a gif. In this daily create, I was tasked to read an article about Tech Executives answering questions about privacy on social media. Once I was do reading the article, I was confused on how what they said was even real. After searching the gifs on twitter I finally landed on this to express how I felt about the article.
For my second daily create of the week, I did Make visual haiku. Out of the 4 daily creates that I did, this was my favorite one. I first had to click on a link that would take me to a map. From there I had to pick a place to make the haiku. I landed on picking one of my favorite places on earth: Florence, Italy. I traveled to Florence when I was a sophomore in high school and fell in love with everything about it. This is the haiku I ended up getting!
My second to last daily create for this week was Drawing a map. This was a task where I had to create a map of a shopping trip or some other trip. Over winter break, my best friend and I took a trip to New York City. I decided to make a map of one of the days that we spend in the city. During this day we traveled a lot and did a bunch of different activities. Some of the things we did were: Walk around Central Park, go to T.J. Maxx, get dinner, go to a broadway show, and others. I was fun to relive this trip through this daily create.
For the last daily create, the assignment was Animal Face. For this assignment, I had to combine my face with an animal of some sort. The animal I chose was my friends new dog Lilly. This assignment was really fun.
For my final assignment this week, I decided to go with Concert You Want To Be At. When I found this assignment, I was so excited to try my skills out at photo shopping. I love music and especially going and seeing musicians live! So I decided to put myself in a concert from the 80s.
As I mention in my first post about the 80’s , I grew up listen to different 80s rock band in the car with my dad. This made me want to put myself in a concert, with an 80s rock band!
The first thing I did was to find a picture of the band ACDC that would be a good back drop for me to insert a picture of myself onto. I look for a couple minutes and finally landed on this picture of and ACDC concert.
Once I had found this photo, my next step was taking a photo of myself that would work on this photo. This task was a little more complicated than I originally thought it would be. I took a couple of different ones, but ended up with this as my final picture.
Now that I had both of my pictures, I was time to lay them over each other. I do not have any previous background with photoshop or anything like this, so this was a lot hard than I thought it would be. I first cropped the photo of myself and then pasted the photo onto the background of the concert. This was my final outcome!
This project challenged me in a lot of different ways, but I am glad that I got to expand my skill set and got be creative!
For my second assignment of the week I decided to do the Create your own room assignment. I thought it would be a fun idea to imagine what my room would look like if I was the age I am not but it was the 1980s. Pinterest is one of my favorite social media platform. I love being able to scroll through the different post and pin them to all kinds of different boards. One of the boards that I pin to on a regular basis is my home board. I love thinking about different ascetic that I could make my future house. So when this came up as one of the assignments I was super excited.
I started by searching up on Pinterest different 80s themed rooms and decor. When I found something I found cute, or very 80s I pinned it to a board I called Waking up in the 80s.
One think that I thought would be super cute for my bed room would be a neon sign. When I see neon colors, I immediately think about the 80s. When I found this pin on Pinterest right away pinned in to my board.
Next when thinking about 80s ascetic I always think about how much music played a big part in the culture. When thinking about my room in this way, I wanted to find pins that would have a bunch of records and posters filling the walls. That is when I found these pictures:
Finally, when looking at Pinterest for inspiration for bedroom, I found that in most of the picture the walls were filled with picture. When thinking about myself in this way I realized how much I would love to have a photo wall. When looking for pins that represented this I looked for the 80s ascetic which would be very dark photos. That lead me to this:
I really enjoyed this assignment and planning what my room would look like if I lived in the 80s.
The assignment that I first chose to do was Make a Simple Program. In this assignment I was tasked to create a simple program, that can solve a problem. When thinking about this assignment, I want to solve a simple problem that we face everyday.
Once think about this for a couple of minute, I came up with problem I wanted to solve. I wanted to write a code that would help people figure out how long it would take you to go some amount of distance, based on just knowing the distance you were traveling and the speed at which you were traveling. I figure this is a pretty common problem (specially on college campuses) trying to budget the right amount of time to travel across campus. When I lived on campus, it was a daily thought on how early I had to leave me room in order to not be to early but also not be late.
When starting to look at this problem, I want to first start off with looking at what information I would need in order to solve the problem. I found out that I would need the distances that the user would want to travel in miles and the speed at which they would like the travel.
After getting this information, I had to think of a formula that would take in these inputs and output a time. The formula that I ended up coming up with was time = (distance traveled/ speed). This would output would give me the time I would take to travel that distance in hours.
After think about this I realized that, this program would probably be better if it told you the time in minutes. So the final formula that I came up with was: time= (distance/ speed) * 60. Giving me a final code of:
This week was a really nice introduction week to what this course is going to be. We first started off by creating all the different account that we will be using in this class and made some introductions:
I found this to be a fun time to be creative with my introductions and creating the different account.
Next was the time to register my blog with the main ds106 web site. I found this task harder than I originally thought it would be. I was just confused by if it work and wanted to make sure that everything was connected. Once I realized that I had connected I felt very accomplished.
Next I was introduced to the main topic of this class, that being the 80s. I found this topic at first very daunting because I did not think I knew a lot about the 80s but then after looking into the different music and TV shows that came out in the 80s, I realized that I knew a lot more about the 80s than I thought. I also got to think back to my childhood and the different music that my dad exposed me to.
Overall I am very excited for the future of this course and to learn a lot more about the 80s!
What first comes to mind when I think about the 80s and more importantly when I think about the music, TV and films that came out in the 80s, I think about my dad and his love for 80s rock bands. Growing up whenever I was in the car with my dad rock band typically from the 80s was on the radio. Some of this bands included: ACDC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns and Roses, and so many more. I also always think about how my brother would constantly play Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N’ Roses on Guitar Hero when I was little.
Another thing that comes to mind when I think about the 80s was the show Full House. I used to be (and still am) so obsessed with the show. Looking back on it now, it’s so interesting to see the fashion and hair styles from back when the show start and how different they are from later in the show and even in the spin of show.
I think the 80s is going to be a very interesting topic for this class. It is really interesting to think about how much pop culture in the 80s could effect what pop culture is like today. I think another thing that could be interesting to explore is why the pop culture was the way it was in the 80s. For example, why were the TV and movies produce the way that they were and was it because they were all just try to distract themselves from what was going on in the world.
I am very excited to see the different view points and things that we will discover will talk about the 80s in this class.