Finishing Up!

This is so bittersweet! My last post for wire106 and ds106 (hopefully not ds106)! This semester was so much fun and its all thanks to this class! Ds106 was my favorite class I’ve taken so far here at UMW and I’m really glad I decided to take it. I was on the fence over the summer and whether or not I should take it but I don’t regret that decision at all. I learned so much from this class and its helped me learn about what I potentially want to work with as a career. I can’t recommend this class enough!

This class was particularly special because it was an online class. Normally you would think an online class would just be you yourself and you. I think of an online class as sitting down in front of the computer for hours trying to understand the topic. That normally doesn’t work for me, I need hands on experience to learn a topic. I quickly found out that this class was anything but that! Between the weekly lunches, video discussions, and the group projects I quickly learned that this class was something special. I still had the face to face interaction that a traditional lecture class would have, but with no lecture! It was a great mix!

I think the assignments were the best part to the entire class, besides having to watch TV for homework. Although my stomach would drop at the beginning of the week when we all got the weekly emails with our quota for the week and I would be so overwhelmed at the beginning of the week, I really enjoyed them! I would always dread sitting down to plan them, but once I did I knocked them out all in one go. The beginning of the semester was a little rocky but once the semester was in full swing I got the hang of things and now I don’t think I’ll ever forget the skills I learned in ds106.


So as I’m writing this I feel like this:

The semester is almost over! That’s so exciting! But I also feel like this:

I don’t want this class to end! I just want to keep creating things and watching TV for homework! But I do realize that all great things must come to an end. Ds106 was a great chapter in my great novel of my life! So with that being said I don’t think this would be a weekly summary without showing you what I did this week! Take a look! And if you want to see what else I’ve done this semester check out my past weekly summaries at the end of this post.


Beadie’s To-do List (4 Stars)

Move Away From the Cookie Jar (4 Stars)

Evolution of Beadie (4 1/2 Stars)


Assignment Cards:

Website Banner

Keeping Up With the Cast of the Wire



The Book of Life Silent Film



Daily Creates:

My Favorite Assignment



Lauren’s post Water+Rice

Carmela’s post The End Is Near; 15

Kisha’s post DS106 Wrap Up

Imran’s post 10 Seconds of Thanks

Travis’s post Annnnndddd Cut — Great Work Guys


Past Weekly Summaries:

Week 1: I was getting everything set up so there wasn’t a weekly summary!

Week 2: Not So Good Week 2

Week 3: Getting The Hang of Things

Week 4: A Crazy Week with Sound

Week 5: A Cool Week with Visuals

Week 6: An Interesting Week with Design 

Week 7: Audio Week

Week 8: Radio Show Week!

Week 9: Inspiration Week!

Week 10: Video Week!

Weeks 11 & 12: Videos Galore

 Weeks 13 & 14: Video Remixmas


Beadie's To-do List

Hi! So for one of the final assignments I decided to make a To-do list for Beatrice! This was worth 3 stars. I had  a lot of fun with this! It was really cool to actually sit down and think about what Beatrice might need to do during the week. So I got inspiration from Allison’s To-do list for her final project. So I first decided to use the Stickies app that comes with the Mac operating system.  I added the different stickies one at a time then changed the color from the default yellow to give the cluster some contrast. Then I went into Skitch (a screen capture application, similar to Grab) and caputred the stickie notes and uploaded it to Flickr. (Here is the original)

Then I went to plan what I need to write down in order for it to look realistic. I knew Beatrice would definitely be busy during the week between running the kids around after school and balancing her job. So I added the picture to trusty old PicMonkey and cropped it down so that it was a square. I did this so that I could upload it to Beatrice’s Instagram later. I used their text editor to add the text to the different sections. Once I was finished I uploaded it to Flickr straight from PicMonkey.

I included what she would pick up from the Grocery story in the yellow section. I included some dinner items as well as everyday items. Then I decided to include some of the upcoming appointments in the purple section that she and the kids might have in the next few weeks. In the blue section I put the things that she had to remember for that week in particular. Finally in the pink section I added things that the kids were doing this week.

Here is the final product! I had a lot of fun creating this assignment!

What's The Difference?

For this assignment we had to take a picture of something then take another one where we change something around in the picture itself. I decided my cork board on my desk would be the perfect place for this! I Have a lot of pictures and memories on this board so I figured it would be kind of tough to figure out what was different about the two pictures! Here is the first one!

Check it out on Flickr!
Check it out on Flickr!


Now this next one might be tricky to find what I moved around.

Check it out on Flickr!
Check it out on Flickr!

Can’t figure out what I moved around? Check out this post over here for the answers! Good Luck!

Where's the Difference?!?

So you’ve come to find out what I moved around in the pictures? Well you’re in luck! While I was thinking about what to change around in the photo, I thought I would throw a little curve ball in there. I decided that moving one object would be too obvious. So I moved two things! I moved the braided friendship bracelet and my scissors. I’ll add a picture of what they look like here:


Sneaky sneaky huh? I hope you it was fun trying to find the differences! I definitely had fun deciding where to put the different things!

Favorite Lyrics

3 1/2 star finished! This assignment was a lot of fun! I was supposed to find my favorite lyric and add it to a photo. While scrolling through the assignment page, this caught my eye just like my story map did. As I started brainstorming what I wanted to do for this assignment, I realized that I didn’t have just one favorite song. I have a few favorite songs. So I set off to find the perfect pictures to go along with my 3 favorite songs. After I found the pictures I went to a photo editing website called PicMonkey. This site really helped when it came to adding the text to the picture. I used iPhoto to edit the pictures themselves and PicMonkey to add the text and the borders. Below are my findings!

Check it out on Flickr!
Check it out on Flickr!


This first lyric is from a song called The Ghosts That We Knew, by Mumford and Sons. This song is my all time favorite song. I just get a good vibe while listening to this song and the lyrics are very well written. I took this photo this weekend while I was on a retreat in Maryland. The views there were incredible! After I added the text to the picture in PicMonkey, I was playing around with the different borders and I came across one that made it look like a polaroid. I thought this really added a great touch to the picture.


Click to see it on Flickr!
Click to see it on Flickr!

I took this picture when I was on a vacation in Vermont over the summer. We were driving through mountains to the resort we were staying at during the week. I thought this picture would be perfect for my next song, Trouble. I chose the next song because this band, American Authors, is one of my favorite. They are a band from Brooklyn, New York. I was fortunate enough to see them in concert over the summer so that’s where I really began to like them. You can check out the video over here!

Here it is on Flickr!
Here it is on Flickr!

This final picture is from my mission trip to Nicaragua over the summer of 2013. We were at the beach over on the Pacific side of the country. There was a storm just holding off over the water. This picture was a product of that wonderful storm. I decided to use this picture for the next lyric, Between the Raindrops by Lifehouse. I decided to use this one because I felt like it wasn’t too rainy but there was still a hint of rain. Like that even though things seem bad, it will always get better. I like this lyric because its like there is someone with you on that bad time as well.

I really enjoyed making these photos and I really enjoyed taking those photos! I like to take pictures whenever I can because I feel like I can freeze a moment in time. I hope you guys enjoy these photos!


Another assignment down! This one was actually a lot of fun! I decided to do this at 12:40 am this morning (or last night since I hadn’t fallen asleep yet). This was the list I got when I logged on the the photoblitzer site. This site makes a random list of things to take a picture of. You have 20 minutes to complete the photo blitz and the list of photos must start with the time started and the end time. So here is the list that I was given!

  • Your favorite smell.
  • Show us some food
  • Power plugs are ubiquitous. Can you make a creative photo of such a common thing?
  • Your most prized possession.
  • Make a photograph with your camera at floor level.
  • Take a picture that represents wildness.
  • Take a photo of a food being served or eaten in an unconventional way.

click for another list.


This was the start time!
This was the start time!


My favorite smell!
My favorite smell!

I couldn’t decided between two different smells, my favorite perfume or that fresh brewed cup of coffee. I decided to go with the cup of coffee since it was so late at night!

Smilie face out of power cords.Smiley face out of power cords.

Now this is a sad attempt at a smiley face, but nonetheless it is one! It at least made the power cords look somewhat interesting.

My most prized possession!
My most prized possession!

I don’t usually like to post about my prized possessions but I really think my laptop is pretty important. I literally spend most of my day on this machine. I bring it with me to class, I do my homework on it, I spend leisure time on it. I also use it to keep in touch with my friends and family using this machine. This machine is probably just as close to me as my phone is. Except my phone goes with me every where. I would have posted a picture of my phone but, I was taking the photos with my phone!

Camera at the floor level

Camera at the floor level

I literally just put my phone on the floor and found an angle that I thought was interesting. This is also a little view into my dorm room!

Wildness in hair
Wildness in hair

This bullet point on the list was to take a picture of something that represents wildness. So I just asked my roommate to mess up her hair. That was the first thing that jumped in my mind and I decided to stick with it!

This was the eating food unconventionally. I decided to have my roommate take a video of me tossing a fruit snack in the air and catch it in my mouth. I had the footage on my computer after I uploaded it but the video doesn’t load. I was thinking of ways I could get the video to show up and it hit me, I could use Vine! Vine is a video creator that loops 7 second clips. Luckily my clip was 5 seconds so I just made a vine here!

End time!
End time!

This was the end time!


Journey to a Great City

So 4 stars down! As part of our visual week, I was going through the Visual Assignment Bank and the Story Map really caught my eye. I I was quickly running through different trips that I took that would fit perfectly into this, and I couldn’t stop thinking about my trip to London back in January of this year. I went with my grandparents for a week. We went all over the city and even made it to Greenwich to visit the Prime Meridian. I was trying to piece together where we went and when/what day we went. I think I got it pretty well. A favorite part of this trip, I was able to take my dad’s Canon Rebel camera with me. I really like take photographs and I think this trip really help me develop in those skills. So as I was looking back at the different photos to include in the story map, I could see how much fun the trip really was and the memories that we made! So after I finished putting together the different pictures, I went to add the map to the blog. However I ran into a snag. The code that’s given when you go to share the map doesn’t show up in the wordpress format. So my immediate thought was to jump to twitter and ask Jim Groom if he know how to help. Luckily I wasn’t the only person who was having this sort of trouble. John Meadows a fellow ds106er was doing his story map about his honeymoon. A few minutes after I tweeted Groom about the problem I was having he tweeted the same thing! So we went back and forth replying to each other’s tweets and we got to this conclusion:


You can find the map over here on the Knightlab Timeline website. Just a note you have to scroll down over the photo in order to see that captions I included with photos.  I really enjoyed making this assignment, it brought back a lot of memories from this awesome trip to London! Enjoy!