ds106 – Assignment Bank – July 17, 2015 – Visual – A-Z Food Photo Collage

Assignment:  A-Z Food Photo Collage

This is my A-Z vegan food collage mashup.

Vegan A-Z collage

There is an image for every letter in the alphabet, some are specific types of the food. This was a challenging assignment as there are not that many foods that begin with “U”, “X”, “Y” and to identify Vegan items was even more of a challenge.

Food items include from A-Z: Artichoke, Basil, Corn, Dates, Endive, Fennel, Grapefruit, Hazelnut, Iceberg Lettuce, Jicama, Kale, Licorice root, Mandarin Orange, Nectarine, Oats, Pineapple, Quinoa, Radish, Soy (beans/milk), Tarragon, Umeboshi, Vanilla bean, Watermelon, Xanthan Gum, Yeast, Zucchini. Can you identify the items?

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INTE 5340 – Week 5 Reflective Summary

Overall I think I had a better week this week. Not great by any means, but I was able to keep up. I have a deep respect for those that are able to thrive in this world. To keep up with all the different groups and networks they belong to. So much moves so fast, it makes me feel old. I’m enjoying that I’m learning more about Blogs, WIkis, and Social Network sites, I really am but there is just so much out there. I guess I need to quit thinking about the vastness and focus on just a few things. Things that interest me and that are worth my time. People that have can keep up with broad interests, I applaud you. I will never be one of those people. I think I was able to find a mashup for my weekly critique that also incorporated my vegan theme. My choice might be hard for most to watch, so I don’t expect most to watch it. I do hope at least one person chooses to watch it, but I understand if no one does. This is a recent passion of mine and it really has taken hold of me. Mostly because of the internet and having so much information readily available. I am able to learn about this choice and life-style so easily and at my own pace. Services like netflix, bring documentaries and other movies to where the people are getting information and encouraging them to find out more. I think it’s great having digital stories of all kinds at a click of a few buttons. Since having actively participating in twitter, I have connected with several feeds supporting vegan/plant based diet people. These connections include large companies and contributors to individuals posting their versions of recipes. As part of twitter, I have learned a lot about this community and how to stay healthy with this diet.

I also want to mention that my classmates are so supportive and encouraging. It seems like a lot of us are feeling the frustration of this course and it is so amazing to have people take a minute to stop my each others sites/blogs to give their support. It is nice to know that we are all in this course together and we each want to see everyone succeed. Thank you all INTE 5340 students for a great course experience.

Response to L&K – Week5, Chapter 6: Everyday practices of online social networking

new Literacies

New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, is divided into 3 parts;

  • Part 1: New Literacies: Concepts and Theory
  • Part 2: New Literacies: Some Everyday Practices
  • Part 3: New Literacies and Social Learning

Below is my response to Chapter 6, which falls under Part 2.

This week we were given the choice to respond to either chapter 5: Blog and wikis or Chapter 6: Everyday practices of online social networking. I obviously chose chapter 6. Just wanted to clarify why you are not seeing week 5, chapter 5.

Prior to this semester and this course, my online footprint was rather small. Social media sites confused me and with my limited understanding I stayed away from the majority of sites to keep from looking like a complete dummy. I originally joined myspace to stay connected with my group of friends from college. These people knew me and it didn’t matter if I failed at using the site, because they all had probably seen me do far worse. Again, they were COLLEGE friends, doing stupid things together was practically a must. So, when myspace transitioned out and facebook came to the forefront we all switched over. I was comfortable using the site, it met my needs and my little social world was happy. Then I go an decide I want to pursue a master’s and due to the content of this degree my safe little social world had to grow. I had to leave the safety of the people that knew me and venture out into a vast, terrifying, confusing, overwhelming world and not only manage to stay afloat but also not be seen as the dummy I was so afraid of becoming. Well the verdict is still out on whether or not I’m looking stupid in my posts, but I’ve opened the doors and I have left the confinement of my safe little space and I’m exploring this big bad world. This is why I chose to respond to this chapter. Everyday practices of online social networking vary from person to person and also vary based on a specific point in time in a specific persons life. My everyday practices 5 years ago differ a great deal from them today.

This chapter break downs the differences between groups, networks, ‘networked individualism’ and social networking services in everyday life. ‘Groups’ usually are defined as a closely connected people that have many face-to-face interactions with each other and the majority of the people within the group all know each other. A group of people would normally be located in close proximity to the other members of the group. ‘Networks’ are similar but are no longer confined by proximity or time. The members of a network do not necessarily know each other but are still connected in some way. ‘Networked Individualism’ is where a person is involved within a network, but has no real ties to the other members in those networks, nor is proximity or time really a factor. People only get out, what they give in as a network individualism member. There is no support from the other members, the person must actively network to be successful within the network. ‘Online social networking services’ are spaces that are profile driven. To be a member of the service, a person must complete the necessary questionnaire or whatever, sharing information about themselves so other members within the service can learn about the person. A person could be a member of any number of these and their everyday practices within each that they are a member of, will probably vary between them. Just depends on the person and their needs and wants.

As a now active, ok barely active, member of twitter, I feel that I am a member in the Network individualism network. I have to actively follow specific people/groups that interest me in order to get information that is relevant to my interests. As my focal theme for this course is my vegan journey, I have come across many vegan/plant based diet pages, groups, and people. Others within this course have also shared articles and pages with me that have also helped guide this journey. The information, recipes, articles, etc. are now available to me as I have connected with them, but I still need to be active in reading them, commenting on them, liking them, etc. to truly be a member of the conversations. I’m trying, but it really is a lot of work to stay connected and informed.

One question asked of the readers for discussion is: Are dating sites social networking services? On what reasons do you base your decision?

My response is that yes, I feel like dating sites are social networking services. People join them to meet people. To me this is a social service. Members create a profile introducing themselves to the members they are trying to meet, presenting tidbits of themselves hoping to attract someone that has similar interests, goals, desires, etc. I guess a bar on a Friday night could also be a social networking service of sorts, minus the transparent upfront profile but still a means to connect one person with another. The act of being together in a common place/space is practically the definition of social activities, so regardless of the source dating sites, facebook, linkedin, they still belong to a social networking service. People join them to connect in some way with other members of that service.

Digital Story Critique #5, Week5 – Love Inside Your Tummy

Love Inside Your Tummy

(Click the above link to watch the interactive video)
Warning – This is not for the faint of heart.There are many disturbing images and video clips!

Drawing upon the “remix practices” and “literacy dimensions” highlighted by Lankshear and Knobel in Chapter 4 and reviewing the appendix (p. 127-140), I’ll be critiquing this video remix of information on what happens to the animals people eat and what really goes on behind the scenes.

The kind of remix that I feel this best fits in with is the ‘Political remix’. The creator has something to say about the industrial farming industries practices and has presented them in a animated video.

The 3 “literacy dimensions”  I will use to structure my critique (based on the chapter 4 appendix, p.136) are:

  1. Identifying how to convey a lot of meaning in a limited amount of space or time
  2. Knowing how to edit digital video or photo-shop or audit tracks
  3. Being Skilful with juxtapostition – of images, text and images, soundtrack and video clips, voicetrack and video clips, etc.

At the beginning of this course, when I started actively using twitter, I came across this video and thought that it was an interesting way to present the information. I re-tweeted it at the time, but I think it deserves a critique as well.

This video shows, in detail, what happens to the animals that are eventually consumed using a very different approach than just written word or video. The video creator, @nimshap, uses all kinds of media to put this video remix together. Video clips, audio tracks, animation, and minimal interaction with the viewer are combined to give the viewer an experience, I think, they will NEVER forget.  The first time I watched it, I didn’t make it very far into the video. The images were too disturbing for me and I had to step away. I have since tried to watch it in stages, which has helped but truth be told, I haven’t made it the full length of the video. I’m assuming the creator had an idea this would be difficult for people to sit through in it’s entirety, so he chose to include forced breaks between views. Each view consists of a food dish (burger, chicken leg, or bacon) and then an additional animal product food item (mystery, egg, pizza, sushi). There is an animated cartoon farmer that takes you through what happens to the animal as it transitions from a living creature to the food on your table. A creative song is heard as an accompaniment to the video/images shown. I encourage those that really want to know the truth about how that steak, chicken sandwich, sushi roll, piece of pizza, or bowl of ice cream got to their table, to give watching this video a chance. Images and video clips seen in this remix are some of the reasons why I am choosing a vegan, plant-based diet. I too use to enjoy a good steak or chicken wings, but now that I KNOW this, I will never be able to intentionally consume something that was animal flesh (meat) or came from an animal (dairy, gelatin, eggs, etc.) ever again.

Identifying how to convey a lot of meaning in a limited amount of space or time  –  9/10
There was much thought put into the creation of this remix. So much information crammed into a relatively short video, that allows the viewer to participate in the flow process. The viewer makes the choice as to what information they are going to receive. Using a combined image and audio format, the remix gives the viewer a lot of info in a few seconds. I can’t recall to be certain, but I think some of the video clips shown have audio tracks that could have even more of an impact to the viewer, but the video creators audio track is the only sound heard. It has a great impact, I don’t want you to think I don’t think it was effective, it was. I just know when I heard the audio for some of the clips found in other sources, pigs squealing and cows whining, my heart broke for the animals. It is very obvious they have feelings these processes and practices hurt them.

Knowing how to edit digital video or photo-shop or audit tracks – 10/10
This remix creator, must know a great deal about editing video and audio tracks. This video would not have been created otherwise.

Being Skilful with juxtapostition – of images, text and images, soundtrack and video clips, voicetrack and video clips, etc. – 10/10
This video combines images, video clips, audio tracks, and text all in one short video. So yes, I think this deserves a 10 out of 10 as clearly this person is very skilful with juxtapostition.

Overall I give this video remix a 29/30
There is great information presented in this video and I think the creator did a fantastic job putting this video together. The clips shown are disturbing but they are of what goes on behind the scenes and we the public should be made aware of them so we can make informed decisions on what we choose to eat and feed our children. These images may not have the same effect on you as they did me (going vegan), but being an informed consumer is always a good idea.

ds106 – The Daily Create – July 10, 2015 – The end is near, An industrial farming cows death haiku

Assignment: “Here I’d like for people to write a somewhat serious poem, ideally a haiku or tanka, from the point of view of someone who is going to die and knows it. Haiku in English has been often been taught as a nature poem of three lines alternating as five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables. Not only is that not really the case (haiku in Japan are often written in one vertical line), but it has done such a disservice to the form of haiku that poets who work in the form are often overlooked. And since everyone thinks they know what haiku are, there are thousands upon thousands of awful poems that simply miss the boat.”

Cameron Mount (@cameronmount)

You have been told. Write your death poem. If you need more guidance Cameron has written a lovely poetry game for death poems to help us learn how to do it well. There is also a why ‘no 5-7-5′ post referred to in the game that will give further guidance.

The end is near – An industrial farming cows death haiku

cow hiaku No grass insight

Look at all this waste

How do I taste?

ds106 – The Daily Create – July 7, 2015 – Boundaries

Assignment:

1. Find two spaces that share a boundary
2. Do something to highlight or alter the relationship between those two spaces

Boundries pic

This to me has many boundaries. The boundary between the light and the shadow on the carpet, the boundary (glass) between the plant and the light, the boundary between the top of the table and the portrait of my late mother, just to point out a few I see. In all of these identified boundaries the light illuminating the shared space either creates the boundary or highlights the boundary. Of these boundaries, I find the boundary of the glass holding the plant back from growing higher to be the most interesting. The plant wants to grow, the light from the lamp encourages the plant to grow, but despite the glass hindering the plant from growing taller, it still grows. Pressing its leaves to the glass, soaking in the light. Plants are amazing. They grow even when they are limited and bound by their surroundings.

I’m not sure if I really understood this assignment, but looking out into my living room after reading this assignment, this everyday scene caught my eye. I see it everyday, but today it spoke to me. I just needed a little bit of encouragement from a ds106 assignment to see the beauty in it.

ds106 – Assignment Bank – July 7, 2015 – Mashup Assignments

Assignment: Think of anyplace you spend money, and what you most often buy at that place. Then redesign their logo to incorporate your favorite product. Do as many as you want.

Whole Foods Veggies

Since choosing to eat a vegan/plant based diet, I have been shopping at Whole foods Market more and more. I Mostly purchase vegetables and other vegan items, but have started to pick up a few whole body items. Since this assignment said to chose the items you purchase most, I went with VEGGIES. Spending a little bit more for better quality items, is completely worth it to me.

INTE 5340 – Week 4 Reflective Summary

Finished week 4, halfway through this course. Yay!!?? I’m happy to say I managed to complete, somewhat successfully, my required assignments for this week. After last week this makes me feel pretty good, except I’m pretty sure I’m still not fully understanding what I should be doing for this course. Here I am 4 weeks in, halfway into the course and I’m still confused. UGH! My focal theme is my vegan journey, but after reading through posts from my classmates and watching Remi’s screencasts I think I should have been mashing this theme up with the assignments in DS106 and well, I haven’t been doing this. Also, even though my critiques fit within my vegan journey I’m not so sure they are really meeting the criteria for what I’m supposed to be critiquing. I’m a mess, a confused mess. I have great classmates, really you all are great, and supportive. Thanks again Kirk Lunsford for letting me know about the change I missed. Oh man, so many places to keep up with, I was so focused on getting my assignments finished this week, that I completely and totally forgot to log into canvas to check on announcements, screencasts and updates. Remi Holden, I have no idea how you are able to keep up with all of our posts, your conferences, visits with family/friends, and all of your other social media and work responsibilities. I applaud you.

For this week we learned about digital remixes. Seems simple enough, but now we are to critique one digital story that ties in our focal theme that draws upon L&K’s “everyday remix practices” (p. 127-140). Pair critiqued story with type of remix, and select at least three (3) “literacy dimensions” to guide storytelling critique. I’m thinking this is going to be pretty interesting as I try to tie this in with veganism/my vegan journey. I guess my video critique this week sort of fit within the remix practice of political remix (video). Though this isn’t necessarily a political topic, I think this is the best place my focal theme is going to fit within these remix practices. I feel like the video was created expressing a journalistic identity. It was created to get information out to the public on a specific product that could appeal to many consumers and it was posted on a news type platform. Clearly the person creating this had to have knowledge of video editing because it was presented as a video and there are clearly defined breaks in time that had to be addressed within the video. So, even though I missed the announcement changing up our critiques for this week, my pick still managed to comply with the new criteria, will in my understanding anyway.

As with everything else I’m still confused on, I’m still not sure how a selected scholarship fits in which everything. Maybe I need to incorporate that reading into my chapter response? I keep thinking that really this all shouldn’t be this hard to grasp, but maybe that’s the point. I will keep moving forward with this course, I am learning a great deal. Whether or not this learning is of what I’m suppose to be learning is still to be determined. If at the very least, I’m learning there is so much out there that I had no idea about and I’m starting to wander into this new world learning as I go. I’m lost but sometimes that’s the best way to learn.

Response to L&K – Week4, Chapter 4: New literacies and social practices of digital remixing

new Literacies

New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, is divided into 3 parts;

  • Part 1: New Literacies: Concepts and Theory
  • Part 2: New Literacies: Some Everyday Practices
  • Part 3: New Literacies and Social Learning

Below is my response to Chapter 4, which falls under Part 2.

There is a ton of information in this chapter, but I am going to focus my response on music remixing and creating serviceware mashups.

As I began reading this chapter, my mind kept going to different remix songs that came out as I was growing up. Music is what I instantly thought of when I read the title of this chapter “. . . digital remixing” but as I was reading I realized music is just a small, small piece of today’s technology that can be remixed/mashed up.  As I was typing that last sentence, I started thinking about a movie that came out a few years back with the sequel earlier this year, Pitch Perfect. The movie follows a capella groups as they compete for a national title, sequel is a different title but you get the idea. As these groups prepare for their performances during these competitions, they would mashup different songs that fit together to create a new song/sound. The lead character also remixes music as a hobby/career, which then leads to her help her group to mashup new, current, music/songs to become successful in winning these titles. Sorry, if I just ruined the endings of these movies for you, but to be honest they are kind of predictable.

Creating serviceware mashups is basically creating new online interface serviceware application out of existing services that didn’t previously meet the needs of the users. Mashing up applications gives users the ability to meet specific purposes adding value to the tools. Some examples of these types of application programming interfaces (APIs) include Panoramio.com, Twittervision.com, and Wikipediavision. (page 107)

A valued mashup combines the best of both worlds of these applications. With Panoramio.com a user can find images of a certain place or explore an area where a specific picture was taken or Twittervision.com allows a user to micro blog like with twitter and pinpoint, in real time, where those ‘tweets’ were made.

In the current online world creating mashup serviceware is easily done and could even take a matter of minutes. Non-technical users can use an online tool such as programmableweb.com to enter into the world of application mashups. the service provides how to guides and can connect the user to other sites for information. Users can use these types and information to combine other tools to meet there specific needs. As I’m thinking about this, I can easily imagine that the possibilities are truly endless for the new types of servicewares that can be created. One users needs most likely are different from another users, the demand for new servicewares is ever changing.

Combining multiple things to create a new thing, is not a new concept. Practically all of my life I can think of things that were combined, mashed up, to create something different, but with the resources and information available to practically anyone these days, remixes and mashups can and will be so much more than I could ever imagine. I look forward to see what comes out in the years to come.