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Writing Assignment

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Daily Shoot Haiku

By, Kevin Boilard

Boy, I am hungry.

Let’s see what is in the fridge.

Nothing, like always.

Emily Dickinson: Comedy Version!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Okay, so everyone knows that Emily Dickinson’s poems are all rather dark, dismal, and depressing. After reading Chris Randles’ Overly-Dramatic Reading assignment posted under Audio assignments, I had the idea to read Emily Dickinson’s “There’s Been A Death In The Opposite House”. My goal was to read it while laughing to make it sound like I was recalling a funny story, when in reality, what I’m saying is rather morbid. So, did I do a good job? Listen for yourself!

Dickinson Comedy Version


Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Dear future 106er:

Welcome to ds106, prepare yourself for one hell of a ride. I took this class online rather than face-to-face so I would assume my letter applies more to the former than the latter. Well, if you are taking this online I strongly suggest you manage your time wisely. Create a schedule for yourself. Set aside time a few days a week to work on the assignments due that week. Not having a scheduled class makes it easy to forget about ds106! Also, professor Groom is very helpful in his office. You won’t be able to figure everything out on your own the first time. You WILL need help sometimes. Go to him and he will get you out of a jam. Make sure you comment on other ds106er’s blogs, that was the hardest part for me. Try to do it everyday after all it feels good to get reinforcement, especially positive. Anyway, good luck and I hope you enjoy the class as much as I did!

Kevin Boilard

Fandom Assignment

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I used to love the Ziggy cartoons in the sunday paper every week. I decided to find some Ziggy cartoons in google images and i found a couple that I would be able to change the dialogue. One of which I was even able to relate to ds106. Enjoy!!

Design Assignment: Nickname Poster (feat. Sean Dacey)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

El Mashup

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Alright so I finished my mashup a little early. This turned out way better than I expected it to sound when I originally did it so i hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.

I tried to make a single song pulling from two completely opposite sides of the spectrum, two completely different eras and make them one. Isn’t that the whole point of mashups anyway?

I used Frank Sinatra’s instrumental of “My Way” which is probably his most popular song and sort of embodies his career as a whole. This song is grandiose with beautiful slow moving instrumentals.

Overtop of it I put an a capella version of Tupac’s “My Block”, a song that talks about where he’s come from and what he’s been through… see the similarity?

I attempted to bring these two masters of their respective genre’s together to send a single message. I call it, “On My Block, I Did It My Way”. Enjoy!


Video Essay Assignment

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011


Remixes and Mashups

Friday, April 1st, 2011

After reading Melanie Mcbride’s post about remixes I’m still not completely sold on them. I do agree with her that they take a lot of time and hard work to create. They also require a great deal of skill and knowledge of how to create a remix so in that case i would consider it an art. Interestingly enough I’m watching a re-run of todays Nat’s opening day game and i heard the announcer say “the art of pitching”. I would agree that pitching is an art. Personally, I believe that any skill that is refined enough to produce a creation that causes a viewer/listener to be in awe or amazement should be considered an art. However, I don’t feel like remixes are completely justified like Mcbride thinks. Mcbride says that remixes take one person’s music and change it around to give it a different meaning, so it’s not plagiarism. She’s right and wrong. She’s right that it’s not plagiarism. Let’s just say, for example, I have a homework assignment that says describe in one paragraph: an elephant, a speedboat and a church. Say I don’t know what any of these things are. What do I do? Look them up in an encyclopedia and rewrite what i read in my own words. Is it plagiarism? No, it’s written in my own words. Is it my own original thoughts and insight? No, not at all, it’s a recreation of what I absorbed from another source. What also grinds my gears a bit is that Mcbride says that the remixes change the meaning to fit the message that the artist is attempting to convey. A common misconception is that art must have a deeper meaning. This brings me back to my baseball pitcher example. The pitcher’s skill is considered the “art of pitching”, however, he’s not trying to convey some hidden message through the way he throws the ball. Some things just need to be learned to be appreciated at face value… like pitching and remixes. I like what Brian Lamb said in his article about Mashups being an Assault of Originality, I don’t think enough people consider this. But then Lamb said that you shouldn’t worry about it, learn to love the Mashup (as read in the title). I also wanted to touch on how I would feel if I were a musician and someone made a remix of my music. I’d be pissed. Sure it’s impressive and all but if someone took my hard work, my masterpiece, and just changed it around to “send the message” that fits them better. I’d tell them to screw off and make their own music! Okay, maybe I’m being kind of picky. Whatever, everyone is gonna write about how cool remixes are. Someone had to play devil’s advocate…

Telling a Story on the Web (2nd Attempt)

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Telling Stories on the Web

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011