Today I went on a 20-minute Photoblitz. I had to take pictures of everything on this list:

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I started at 2:04 PM and ended at 2:19PM. For my first photo, I had to take a picture of something circular that filled the frame. I chose the clock by Woodard.

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The next challenge was to take a picture of a wall or fence. At the bridge by the nest, there’s a little of both. I love the geometric pattern of the fence.

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A picture of construction was next. With the UC and the expansion to Woodard done, there’s not much construction around campus. However, there was something going on behind Woodard.

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As I was looking for another thing to snap a picture of, I stumbled upon several copies of the Blue and Gray Press. Perfect for my next challenge.

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The next thing I had to take a picture of was the sky. I love taking pictures of the sky, and it just so happened to be cloudy today. I loved the shape and texture of the clouds.

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The next picture was a self-portrait, but without my face. I chose to take this photo because I love music and I listen to music wherever I go, so I had to include my earbuds. I put them on top of a book about emotions because I love to read and learn, and I am an emotional person.

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For the last picture, I had to take a picture of disappointment. So naturally, I chose an empty coffee cup, because there is nothing more disappointing than being all out of coffee.

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Phew. This week was tough. I didn’t manage my time well and ended up waiting until the end of the week to try and get everything done. Not a smart idea…but it’s done! I’m getting the hang of things; still working on commenting and engaging with other people but I’m getting in the habit of doing Daily Creates and assignments.

Here’s all my posts from this week:

Web 2.0 Storytelling

A Logic Named Joe

Daily Create 9/7/16

Daily Create 9/8/16

Daily Create 9/9/16

DOGS!

Greener Pastures

Vintage WMWC Radio

Today I read Bryan Alexander’s “Web 2.0 Storytelling“, an excerpt from a book that talks about how storytelling is different when it comes to being on the web. Digital storytelling can take many forms; you can tell stories on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. Each of these platforms puts a new spin on whatever story you are telling. Twitter will only give you little snippets of the story at a time, and on Tumblr you can make it as long as you want. Stories can also link from one platform to another, creating a very dynamic story.

I think that digital storytelling is a great new form of storytelling. You can link to so many different kinds of web content to make a story more dynamic, and you can also publish a story piece-by-piece rather than all at once. This keeps your readers yearning for more. A story just in pictures can convey a different meaning than the same story in print. Digital storytelling offers different interpretations and perspectives on stories. It is truly fascinating. I love that stories are being told digitally; it’s so different and interesting.

I read this article about a short story called “A Logic Named Joe” written in the 1940s about how computers would be in every home, but will eventually bring out the worst in humanity because they were too helpful. For example, the computers (called logics) would give people advice about how to cover up crimes. It is staggering just how accurately this short story predicted what we now have in the modern age. The internet can give us any kind of information we want, including dangerous, disgusting, or immoral material. Are we actually worse morally as a human race because of the internet? I don’t think so, because while the internet can give us access to more information about “immoral” things, it does not cause human’s curiosity for those kinds of things. It enables people looking for those sort of things, but does not cause them to go looking for it.

I really think the pros of the internet outweigh the cons, however. Yes, there may be some bad information on it, but the internet gives us such a huge library of other very useful information. You can take college courses online such as this one; you can read books; you can search for information that might not even be in print. It is an excellent tool that we use every day because it does so much for us.

I am the technician for the radio station on campus, WMWC Radio, and I love it. We are the oldest club on campus, although no one knows we exist. For this assignment, I decided to look at how the WMWC website has changed over time.

I used Wayback Machine to go back and see previous versions of the WMWC homepage, which was awesome because I was able to find versions of the website all the way back to 1996.

Click on the photos below to see what WMWC’s website looked like (the date of the photos are in the url):

I definitely think WMWC’s website is much better than it used to be (not because I designed the current version myself or anything…).  I think the 2008 and 2011 versions are some of the nicer versions. They’re cleaner and more functional than previous versions. Overall, the website design has slowly gotten better each year, and I hope to help improve it even more as best I can.

After looking for a while through different assignments to complete, I came across this one. I initially misread it as “go for a walk and create a timeline of pictures of different colors”, but when I read it again, I realized it said to pick one color. After looking at the other people’s posts who have completed the assignment, I decided to choose green since no one had done that color yet. Green is my second favorite color, and with so many trees on campus, there’s green everywhere. But I didn’t want to do the obvious and just take a bunch of pictures of trees, so I sought out to find other green things on campus besides trees.

Here’s my completed timeline (unfortunately there wasn’t a way to embed it that worked).

I had a lot of fun with this assignment; I love going for walks and taking pictures of what I come across.

I love dogs. Like, a LOT. So when I came across this assignment, I was thrilled. It just so happens that my mom just bought me Photoshop Elements, and, using my computer graphics experience, I photoshoped my dog onto campus!

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I took the background picture when I first came to UMW, and it just so happens that I had a picture of my dog Rixs while I was walking her that fit perfectly. I just used the polygonal lasso tool in Photoshop to crop around my dog, and voilà!

Because I love her so much, here’s another picture of Rixs (not photoshopped):

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