Sounds From Home

So as an assignment for my Digital Media class, I had to take a recorder and record 10 different sounds that I hear around my home on a regular basis. Some of these sounds are unique to my home, and some are not. Each sound has a title describing what it is. Enjoy the weirdness.

Week 4 Summary

A few of the things I’ve done in the fourth week of my Digital Media class are my Media Fast, and my “I am From” Poster which can be found below. Also, I did a couple of ds106’s daily create assignments which can be found on my flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/supracharged/ …. Otherwise, I’ve just been very busy keeping up with 18 credit hours, working, and (attempting) to keep a social life.

My 24 Hour Media Fast

Alright so I’ll start out by saying, I kind of cheated on this whole Media Fast deal. I chose to start it at 10:00 pm Thursday night, just as I was going to bed. Oh well, it all worked out in the end. So obviously I slept all night, and at 7:00 in the morning Rebecca told me to meet her back at her house at about 10:30 am. So what did I do? I went home and slept until 10:30 and drove back to her house, she got her cashiers check for the car she wanted to buy in Olathe, KS… (About 3 hours from Salina) so I drove us to Olathe in her Trans Am.. Left my phone at the house, that did not feel right at all. Whereas I probably would’ve been piddling on facebook, or texting people as I drove down the interstate, it was literally all conversation between me and Rebecca. She was a bit miffed that I couldn’t have the radio on, but I pointed out that she does have an iPhone so she went on about her business. There was a lot of times I can say I felt down in my pocket for my phone without thinking about it. It certainly felt like there was something missing, but the fact that I had someone to chat with during the drive made it better.. So the trip to Olathe was pretty basic, nothing happened. We got to town and I had to break the rules for a moment because she doesn’t know her directions, so I had to get on the phone with the guy and have him tell me how to find his house. Everything went smoothly with that, and we left Olathe at about 3:00 pm. I now got to drive the car she bought (because she doesn’t know how) and she had to drive the Trans Am back to Salina. So she followed me, and without using the phone… She got out in front of me, motioned for me to follow her and we stopped at a Walgreens, cause she had to pee. Yes I just put that on here. She managed to let me know she had to pee without using media.. Tricky. So anyways we got back on the road… After about 45 minutes on the interstate, I was really prompted to turn the radio on. I had no one to talk to, I had no phone, all I had was a Mountain Dew and the hum of the road. Of course being the guy I am, I had to play in the car to keep myself occupied. It’s a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 with a turbocharged off of an Evolution 9 mind you.. 20 psi of boost with HKS 272 duration camshafts, 1000cc/min injectors, AEM fuel rail, and a walbro 255 fuel pump. Yum. It’s All Wheel Drive with 400 horsepower. So I did a few pulls on the road to occupy my brain. I never exceeded 120 mph though :D. Aaaanyways, the drive was pretty good. She was able to follow my cue the one time I needed to pull off and get gas. Otherwise the drive was fairly uneventful. We got back to town, pulled up to her house and hung out there for a bit. She had to leave for Wichita after a couple hours.. It was about 6:15. I asked her if I could hang onto the car overnight to look it over and see if I could fix the backfire/misfire issues it was having. She said yes, so I drove it to my dad’s shop, pulled it in and hung out there until about 9:00 pm looking things over on the car and making note of all the parts I needed to buy. At 10:00 pm, knowing my media fast was over, I went home, and got on my phone, some forums, facebook, and probably a few other things I don’t remember. Honestly I can say it was an overall interesting and good experience. It proved to me that media has become a huge part of our lives.. So much so that there are things we simply cannot do without it. I was truly relieved to get home and get back to my life though. So there you have it, that was my 24 hour media fast experience.

Week 3 Summary

Things were a lot simpler this week. Didn’t feel any sense of being overwhelmed. Although I haven’t done much on here.. I did a couple of ds106’s daily create assignments, which can be found on my flickr account here, http://www.flickr.com/photos/supracharged/ .. Otherwise, you can see the other posts I’ve made below this one. I didn’t run into any issues and I’m kind of enjoying the daily create assignments, they’re unique and make me think in ways I haven’t really had to before.

Black History Month Poster Ideas w/ Reasons

In reference to my previous list of ideas for our Black History Month posters, I’ve been asked to give some background information on each topic, and expand on my interests relating to each. So here you go…

1.Brown vs. Board of Education- My interest in this stems from the fact of how huge of an event this was. It was a huge turning point which proved we would enforce the integration of blacks and whites. 

2. George Washington Carver-This guy was insanely smart. Though he was born into slavery.. Once that was over, the rest of his life consisted of his positions as a scientist, botanist, teacher, and inventor. He is well known for his work with alternative crops to cotton, primarily peanuts.

3. 10th Cavalry at Fort Larned-Buffalo Soldiers-These guys were the first “all black” cavalrys, as the name was given by Congress. Their other name was the “Negro Cavalry” as given by the Native American tribes they fought. I think that’s pretty cool that they received their own special name from Congress.

4. Nicodemus, Kansas-This small town was founded by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War. Shockingly, this town thrived and had a population of about 700 in it’s peak time. It’s surprising to me that this town did as well as it did, and I’m impressed with the people who made it happen. That’s a great accomplishment.

5. Aaron Douglas-Aaron was born in Topeka, Kansas and took an interest to art at an early age.. He became a famous painter and played an important part in the Harlem Renaissance. 

6. Kansas African American Museum-Well for obvious reasons this is important. In fact, it’s so self explanatory, I’m not going to say any more!

7. Exodusters -Group of blacks who came from states along the Mississippi River to Kansas in the late nineteenth century, as part of the Exoduster Movement or Exodus of 1879.. It was the first big migration of blacks after the Civil War. I don’t know why this was interesting to me, but it caught my attention.

8. Fort Hays State Historic Site-This site has held a ton of important groups/people which is cool as it is. But, the Buffalo soldiers also stayed in it multiple times and that just makes it even more unique.

9. Minnie Lee Crosthwaite (One of KC’s first black social workers)-Minnie was a very prominent advance in the position of blacks in our nation, particularly the Kansas area. She worked her way to a position as 1/4 Social Workers in the KC area, she eventually became the Director of The Outpatient Clinic at the hospital she worked for. This woman made an unbelievable amount of progress.

10. Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks-My interest in Gordon is because he was basically multimedia (for what it was back then) and that, of course is the kind of field I’m studying in. 

Week 1 Summary

Well, while technically it’s week two… It’s been a little tough getting into the rhythm of things. I feel as if taking on a few of these new sites is a bit overwhelming at the moment, but I’m sure we’ll find a productive and manageable way to use everything. This week for the first time I’ve created a Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, (and something else I now can’t even remember) plus I have this blog! It’ll be different signing into something other than facebook on a daily basis. I haven’t gotten too much of a chance to stroll around ds106’s page, but I will get to that as time permits. I guess all that’s left to say is kinda what I’ve posted, which isn’t much. But I do have a few posts below this one that you can check out, and like I said I have a flickr account, http://www.flickr.com/photos/supracharged/ … That’s about all I’ve gotten to. So far nothing has presented too much of an issue to me, I just hope we can put all this to good use and learn something from it.