Fan Fiction Picture

For my fan fiction picture, I decided to go with Adele’s song, Right As Rain.  This picture was taken shortly after the rain stopped, right as the sun came out.

If you’ve never heard this song, check it out below!


Advice For Future DS106 Students

Dear you,

You probably think this blog/ds106 thing is pretty cool, don’t you? You can see the daily photo assignments, the cool visual assignments, like the media player poem and the five card flickr story, the audio/radio assignments, and the album reviews. It’s pretty awesome. We have so much room to be creative and do what we want instead of what the professors prescribe.  All of this blog stuff probably looks pretty awesome.  You think you’re up for it?

Well, here’s a little warning: this class is a lot more work than you might expect.  If you take the online section, (like I did) you will have to comment on other blogs in your class often, which is pretty time consuming.  While you don’t meet for class, you still have to keep up with all the assignment deadlines.  Although Jim Groom gives pretty good tutorials for the assignments, you have to figure out a lot of stuff on your own.  It’s a lot of trial and error.  There will be times where you think you have too much ds106 work to do along with the rest of your workload.  This class is fun, but very time intensive.

Overall, this is a great class that you should take.  Just don’t expect to get by without doing anything.  Jim Groom is serious.  Good luck!



Oxford Comma

One of my favorite bands is Vampire Weekend, so I chose to do my fandom assignment on one of their songs:  Oxford Comma.  This is one of my favorite songs!

I did the screen story again, but this time with a Wikipedia page.  I changed a lot of the information to fit the lyrics of the song.  Here is the original page.  Let me know what you think!

Oxford comma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Fame Monster (Lady Gaga)

Album Rating:  7.5/10

Bad Romance: This is probably the most popular Gaga song ever.  I wonder why when the majority of the lyrics are “Ra ra ah ah ah.”  However, it seems that almost everybody, old and young, can enjoy this song.  I do enjoy listening to this song, but I have to say, I don’t think this song really shows off Gaga’s talent.  I think that the “Ra ra’s” ruin the song for me; especially because that is the part that always gets stuck in my head.  This song is fun, but doesn’t really hit me until shortly after the bridge.  I love that she adds the french in there:

Je veux ton amour
Et je veux ta revanche
Je veux ton amour
I don’t wanna be friends

Then, the song really picks up as she belts out the chorus.  Overall, this song is fun and enjoyable, but I expect more from Lady Gaga. 7/10

Alejandro: This song starts off with a beautiful violin intro that sets the mood.  Then, Gaga comes in with a strange spanish or italian accent that I used to hate because I thought it sounded dumb and out of place.  Now, I think it fits with the song.  Then, an awesome beat comes in.  It reminds me of Ace of Base’s “Don’t Turn Around.”  This song is one of my favorites off the album because it’s so catchy.  8.5/10

Monster: This song is much better than I used to give it credit for.  This song talks about a particular boy (although I’m sure it could be generalized) that is so evil that Gaga sees him as a monster.  The way Gaga refers to him as a monster is almost cartoon-like.  “He ate my heart and then he ate my brain.”  Also the autotuned harmonies on “He ate my heart out” and the autotuned melody on the bridge are so great.  Then she shows her voice in the “Oh’s” behind the last chorus.  This is a really good song that I’ll have to listen to some more.  8/10

Speechless: This is my favorite song from the album.  Maybe it is because it is unlike all the others on the album.  The intro reminds me of some Beatles song, then she bursts into a piano ballad that really shows her voice.  Although I love Gaga and this album, I’d have to say that her best work is when she just sits at the piano and belts out the melody.  Check out “Captivated” by Stefani Germanotta (before she became known as Lady Gaga).  Overall, this song is incredible and it shows how many different genres Gaga can cross flawlessly.  9/10

Dance in the Dark: This is a great dance song about a girl who’ll only dance in the dark.  This is another song by Gaga that tell us to find ourselves and not be afraid of what others think.  This is trademark Gaga and she makes another great song here.  8/10

Telephone: This is probably the most fun song on the album.  The beat is very positive and catchy.  If you like this song, please check out this awesome acoustic cover!  There are so many references to telephones in this song lyrically and sound clips as well.  The Beyonce part seems to come out of nowhere, but it fits pretty well.  I especially like that it sounds like Beyonce has a lisp when she says “fathster.”  Very fun song, but the video is strange.  8/10

So Happy I Could Die: This is one of my least favorite songs on the album.  It is very generic and doesn’t show Gaga’s talent or her genius.  I also believe that the chorus sounds a lot like “Pocketful of Sunshine“and it makes me laugh.  This is a decent song, but it could be better. 5/10

Teeth: On the surface, this song is kind of disgusting.  It is about giving into the pure carnal instinct of sex and takes it to gross extremes (“bad girl meat”).  But then I watched a short clip of an interview that gave me another perspective.  Gaga claims that this song shows how people can hide behind sex and physical intimacy rather than getting to know the real person or the truth.  The style of this song is quite different from the rest of the album, which I like. 7/10

I don’t think that Lady Gaga is really one to shape her songs around an album, which makes it hard to review.  Considering she’s released at least 15 singles and 10 of which made it on Billboard’s top ten, I’d say she develops her music around songs and ideas rather than a physical album.  However, she is a great musician and I’m looking forward to Born This Way.

Mashup (Finding Jaws)

For my mashup, I decided that I was going to take two trailers and mash them together.  My first thoughts were to take the visual from a scary movie, like Paranormal Activity, and the audio from a romantic comedy or kids’ movie.  After a lot of manipulation, I decided to change it around.  I chose Finding Nemo for my visual and the sound is from Jaws.  The links for the audio and visual are here: Finding Nemo and Jaws.  Enjoy!!


“We’re gonna need a bigger butt.”


Hey guys!

Keep up the voting for the next album review!!! The Fame Monster is currently in the lead and the polls will close this Thursday night!!!

Anyway, I wanted to take this time to give you some names of some great albums that you should check out!!!

All We Grow by S. Carey
Passerby by Allie Moss
Go Do by Jónsi
19 by Adele
Curse Your Branches by David Bazan
For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
Hymns For A Dark Horse by Bowerbirds
Daisy by Brand New
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn by Bright Eyes
How It Ends by DeVotchka
Fangs by Falling Up
Slow Chorale by The Gloomcatcher
Headphones by Headphones
Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine
The Listening by Lights
A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park
No More Stories… by Mew
Brother, Sister by mewithoutyou
OMNI by Minus The Bear
Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky by OK Go
The Opposite Side of the Sea by Oren Lavie
Control by Pedro The Lion
OK Computer by Radiohead
God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise by Ray Lamontagne
Great White Whale by Secret & Whisper
Room On Fire by The Strokes
The Wild Hunt by The Tallest Man On Earth
Contra by Vampire Weekend

Let me know if you like any of these albums or if you think there are other great albums that should be added to this list!
Happy listening! 🙂