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My Fair-ly Analyzed Post

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The movie that I decided to critiqued is My Fair Lady, it is a film made in 1964 staring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle (one of my favorite actresses), and Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins. My Fair Lady is a drama, family and musical.  After reading  Roger Ebert’s article “How to Read a Movie”  I’ve concluded that he was right in his analysis of films. In the this scene you will notice that the camera starts off on the main females character, who is an absolutely lovely person, then it begans to rotates left to a least favoribe person. Which Ebert says “in simplistic terms: Right is more positive, left more negative. Movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so.”

In this scene you will see what Ebert was talking about when he said, “Movement is dominant over things that are still.”

Over all in my opinion this movie was very well made. I am not a fan of musicals, but after seeing this movie when I was a child, I would watch it anytime, anywhere. The relation between the two characters is very funny, which gives the movie a comic edge, but we all know there can not be a movie involving a male and female role without a touch of drama. Also, it is a very family friendly movie, because it was made in the time where family friendly meant family friendly.

My Camp Story

Monday, July 30th, 2012

What you are about to see is based on a true story.
It was Jasmine’s first time at camp, so she really didn’t know what to expect. Arriving at camp seemed normal enough, but she noticed a few of the counselors were acting a bit strange, but her counselor seemed to be the only normal one, with a welcoming message (I guess she knew what her occupation was).

So she thought to herself about the rest of them, “Oh well they are probably as unwilling as I am to be here.” Jasmine’s first few weeks at camp were fun. She even started her camping duties early. 

Which made camp a little bit better. However Jasmine started noticing things disappearing from her suitcase.

Jasmine was thinking to herself that these are weird things to steal, but to each their own. Camp seemed pretty fun. It was still a lot for a city girl to take in, and on top of that she and nature have not been the best of friends, with that being said she stilled tried to embrace it. With her tooth brush, hair brush and socks missing, she decided to just embrace the wild look while at camp.

Which proved to be very cost efficient. It was week 5 at camp when Jasmine noticed Alan’s inability to remember somethings. So she decided to retrace his steps. After a few days of playing super sleuth, she realized that he had been spending time near shed 4, which Jasmine was told not go near. The curiosity became to much to handle where Jasmine found herself spying on Shed 4. Where she noticed Marco the grounds keeper, keeping tabs on her. She then confronted him, asking him why he was following her around. And he replied, “This land is rightfully my family’s, be careful where you poke your nose, you know what they say about curiosity and the cat.

Jasmine gave up the hunt for  few days, and decided to try to focus back on camp, but all these questions kept circling her mind….. “Why would they have camp if areas where off limits? Why are camp leaders suffering from memory loss and why are counselors acting strange. No matter who she followed, everything she seemed to uncover lead back to shed #4. So on Friday the 13th of July, she decided to take matters into her own hands and solve the mysterious occurances happening all around camp herself.

Upon entering  the shed, Jasmine had to fight off every attack from her conscious telling her to flea, but she ignored it. Jasmine entered into the shed, just to have the door slam being her. All of a sudden this noise filled the air, and made the hairs on the back of her neck stand on edge.

Jasmine then ran towards the door, bursting threw it, in a panic trying to get back to the safety of her bunk house.

After getting back to her Bunk House Jasmine spoke of what occurred to no one. Hoping that nobody was aware of what she did, anxiously awaiting for camp to be over, and praying that her secret remained just that, a secret.


Fondest Childhood Memory

Monday, July 30th, 2012

My fondest childhood memory was:

Who’s Your Superhero?!?! Tutorial!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The assignment I decided to do for this tutorial was the one I created. The assignment is to get a picture of your favorite superhero. For example:
Batman, Spiderman, Catwoman, Storm, Thor, Captain America.. ect. Upload it to flickr and then tag it in a post and tell us in 2-5 sentences on who your superhero is and why.

How to Do:

1. google images of your favorite Super Hero!
2. Save them to your computer.

3. Go to your flickr  and upload the picture, after wards go to your site and upload it.

4. Write 2-5 sentences telling why this is you favorite super hero and then upload it :)

5. You’re finished (smile, it wasn’t that bad)

Who’s Your Superhero?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

For my very first assignment creation I decided to be about superheros. The assignement is to upload apiture of your favorite superhero and tell why in 2-5 sentences. I choose (you guessed it) Cat Woman!!!!

The reason that I choose Cat Woman, is because she is super sassy. She also has a little bit of villain in her. It’s like shes a good guy without being too good, and I love it. Plus her costume is awesome and she gets to hang out with Batman. I feel like she was my role model when I was little, I had my Cat woman figurines and everything!

Weekly Letter 6 and 7

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Hey mom and dad, it has come to my attention that my letters may have gotten lost in the mail. So let me tell you a bit about those weeks. During my sixth week of camp, we dabbled in a lot of audio this week, as far as making sound clips. Also, another thing that we did this week was listen to the radio. Listening to the radio was pretty awesome!! However the most important part about it was making my own radio segment with my Bunk House. And although we lost power, we still got it done, and I think we were awesome!!!!!!!

During week 7 there was a lot to do. We had to write a blog post about movie in comparison to Robert Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie.” I actually learned a lot. For that assignment I chose to do it on “My Fair Lady” which is one of my favorite movies of all time.Also, we had a few daily created and a few video assignment’s, but you will see all of that when I show you my camp scrapbook.  It is getting late and I cannot wait to get home.

The Final Letter Home!!!!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Camp has finally come to an end :( although I am sad to go, I can’t wait to be at home in my own bed :) I can not believe how fast 10 weeks goes by, it only feels like yesterday that I was packing. I am truly sad to see everyone go. I am happy that I came, and I am glad that I made a few friends. I am proud to say that my VERY FIRST camp experience was a fun one. It was a great experience, and I am happy I came. I’ve included a fair well video, stay tuned to the very end.. Let’s see if you catch the surprise!!!!

Final Letter Home

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Queridos Madre y Padre,
(Dear Mom and Dad)

When I first arrived at camp I had absolutly no idea what to expect I was going in completely blind. All I knew was that the entire course was to be online, and having never taken an online course before I could not have been more clueless on how it was going to work. In the end I was very pleased with my DS106 experience I think that the way the counselors set it up was perfect. By posting everything we had to do on Monday and having until Sunday night was very helpful because then I could complete the work on my own schedule which was key with work and other activities.  In the end it turned out to be a very enjoyable and educational experience.

Its hard to choose which assignment I am most proud of, but if I had to choose I think I would go with my Postcard from Camelot.( I really like this project because it was a lot of fun deciding where the postcard was going to be from and I really like the way this one turned out for some reason. I think it looks just like an actual postcard so that might be why I like this one. I would like to re do  is the my re dub of the Pulp Fiction dance scene, I think I could do a better job with a re dub now, I would start from scratch and try something new I think it would be fun.

I would like to keep working on my portion of the radio show, I would try to add more effects especially sound effects like the big radio shows do. I would also make my portion longer with different segments maybe, I would also work on making my audio clearer and more like a professional radio personality. I really just found this assignment fun so if I had my choice I would keep working on and add to that assignment.

I think that the media and editing skills I have gained in this class will be extremely helpful in the future. I think first and foremost this class has introduced me to tons of new applications that I had never used and being familiar with these will help me have an edge if I need to use them again in a class or in the professional world. The skills I gained in this class will help me the most with presentations in the future. I think that I have gained skills that will enable me to create effective yet entertaining presentations for school or work which is an excellent skill considering no one wants to sit through a boring presentation. Finally the experience of the radio show was the first time I had to work on a group project without ever meeting in person, I think that experience will help because much of the business world is international so there are many times where the communication is not in person.

The thing I liked about the class was how I was able to do it on my own schedule which was nice because of my work schedule. I also really like how I was able to choose my own assignments, I mean there were a certain amount of stars that needed to be completed but the actual assignments were up to me. The part of this class that I liked the least was probably the video assignments and that was mostly just because my computer is on its last leg and it gave me some issues but it was not too bad overall. The other part is the lack of classroom atmosphere, I mean everyone was very nice and did their best online but there is something to be said for meeting in person. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

My favorite assignment was the group radio project. I liked this assignment because of a couple reasons, my groups topic was that there was a zombie apocalypse and I thought that was a fun topic and working with the group exchanging ideas was very enjoyable. I especially liked the topic because I have been watching the show “The Walking Dead” which is a similar idea. My least favorite assignment was probably creating a story with only sounds, I didn’t hate it by any stretch but it was one of my first sound assignments and I had no prior experience working with audio so I found it difficult and a bit frustrating but overall not that bad once I got a handle of audacity.

I have to say my fondest memory of camp was the whole radio show experience, especially listing to my groups show and finally hearing the other members parts and how they decided to go with the show it was really interesting. Overall I had a good experience with DS106 and camp Magic MacGuffin.


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Final Letter Home

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Hey Mom,

Today is the last day of camp, heading home soon. I greatly appreciate you sending me to this camp this year. It has been one most eventful summer that I have lived through yet. You know when I first got here I was super nervous and scared, but I was treated like family. I really expected this class to hard and very strenuous, but it turned out to be very excited. Most of the work was pretty easy once you got going.

We started of the summer very easy. Just doing simple assignments and analyzing stories. Then we moved on up to editing photos and learning how to become better photographers. Later we learned how to do special things with audio. For example, how to talk on the radio and how to make things interesting. I already told you about the radio show, right? After audio we worked on videos. That was probably the hardest thing for me because of some of my software, but in the end I learned a lot. Lastly we worked on Remixing things and how to be creative with other people’s work.

I learned so much from this class that I never thought I would learn. This class really pulled my creativity out. Even when I thought I was being creative, my teachers pulled for more and I gave them what I didn’t think I had. I liked how I got to choose my assignments and my teachers didn’t force anything on us. If I could work on photo editing ALL DAY LONG, I would. The weeks where we worked on photos, I worked so hard my teachers had to tell me to slow down.

My teachers were AMAZING. It was so easy to contact them and when I needed any king of help they were right there. Along with that, there were a lot of people in the class that helped me to endure the summer. There isn’t enough time nor words in the world to allow me to thank everyone enough for how much they have helped. I would have never thought I would make some friendships like I did in a summer class.  The only thing I hated about this class was that I was not able to see people face to face. I wanted to personally thank people for their help and actually greet them. But throughout everything, this class was amazing.

My fondest memory about this class was doing the bunk photo. Even though I wasn’t chosen to take charge I did. During this time I was able to have personally talks with my bunk mates and that allowed us to get closer. When they sent me their pictures, it made me feel like they were really a part of my family. I will never forget the team work from my bunk mates. They were truly awesome.

Sing My Life

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

We all have that one song that describes our life. Sadly, most people are ashamed to tell how they REALLY feel. I know I personally don’t share too many of my secrets and hurts with people. I sometimes feel misunderstood but I try my hardest to maintain a positive attitude.

This assignment that I am creating is called “Sing My Life.” You take that one song that describes your life and take at least 5 lines from the song and tell why you can relate.

My song is:

“The One Before” x K’La

My Five Lines:

1. “hurting for years but she hid it, she told you she healed but she didn’t”

  • There has been a lot of time my feelings have been hurt by other people. But I hate having issues with people. So instead of me telling people how they have destroyed my feelings I would rather hid it.
2. “she’s been hurt, she’s been torn, she’s been lied to once before; so if you’re gonna love her then baby you better love her more than the one before”
  • I had been in a 4 yr relationship and it was hard. We were both young so there was a lot of learning to do. I had been hurt, torn, and lied to. After leaving that relationship, I found a new “friend”, but I was so scared that I would be hurt by him also. So I told him about everything I had been through, what I did and did not like, and what hurt me. And I told him, if he wanted to be with me, he had to do things better than the one before
3. “she already think you’re probably hiding more than she knows”
  • I have trust issues. From friends, family, and relationships. I always think that people are hiding things from me. Not all bad things, but it could be some good things too. So sometimes, I second guess a lot of people and things out of fear that they are hiding things from me
4. “but God gave her that butt and God gave that frame, and God gave her that smile, and God gave her that face and God gave her this town and God gave her that name.”
  • Not to sound conceited, but my body is shape different that others. I have what people call “a video vixen shape.” I used to hate it because guys would hit on me and touch me in school. For the longest time I wore baggy clothes so no one would violate me at school. I have a big smile and I hate it. I show all of my teeth when I smile and I only have one dimple. I also hate my name. It sounds like a boy’s name and it’s ghetto to me. But then as I grew up, I started to appreciate my body, my smile, and my name… because God created me this way for a reason.
5. “being mistreated you act like you didn’t see it until she walked out that door.”
  • I super strongly hate when people treat people badly thinking that will stay forever. Everyone has that one person that they depend on and that is perfectly fine. BUT make sure that you treat that person right. In most cases, people can use people over and over again until that person gets tired of being used. Then they walk away. Personally, I hate apologies. If you didn’t treat me right at first, don’t wait until after I leave to miss me.
This assignment is easy. All you do is-
1. embed the song into your post (however you choose to)
2. take the 5 lines and quote them
3. explain why you like them
It is really that simple and it also will let the viewer see a deeper side of you.
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