Final Sleuth Update and DS106 Blog Post

Well, this has been an exciting week to say the least. Pluto and Bailey go missing and Sasha, Sarah, and I had to fling ourselves into the 21st century to find them. When we arrived in this current time, we found a note left by Sarah’s cat Bailey left us a note explaining that he and Pluto accidentally entered the time portal which led to 2015. We used the note to locate the owners of Lily, Katherine and Dana James, who happened to be the future grandchildren of Sarah! It seems that we can’t solve a case without running into someone’s family. They weren’t sure where Pluto and Bailey went, but then they popped up on the television, by the way, there are so many channels and colors now! We then raced over to the cat studio mentioned in the commercial starring the cats and the Sleuths decided that we would stay in this time with our cats. The Steadfast Sleuths will continue working together in 2015 after we find a place to stay, Sarah’s grandchildren are helping us with that. I will definitely start attempting to figure out a way that we can stay connected to our time while staying in this one, because we all still have people we care about in the past. Until the Steadfast Sleuths finish setting up our office, this may be my last post for a while, so I look forward to what the future may hold for us!

Final Sleuth Updates
Missing Cat Poster
Traveling Through Time
Cat Note
Talking with Lily
Cats on TV
Cat Calling Card

Blog Posts
Daily Create Ideas

Concerning DS106/Noir106

Is it okay if I say I love everything about this class? The overall theme of noir intertwined very well with the changes in assignments each week. With one week focusing on noir in film and another focusing on noir in design and photography, the core subject was the same but used enough variety to keep things feeling new and non-repetitive. I would suggest that future DS106 students should get to know a few people in the class either before the class starts or during the first few weeks because knowing the people you will work with in group projects was very important and helpful to our group when discussing the format of our projects and when we could meet. The only other thing that I say would need improving would be communication between the professor and the students. This doesn’t need to change drastically. An email halfway through the semester, perhaps after the midterm assignment, can help students taking the class figure out if there is anything they need to improve upon or if they are doing everything correctly. The content of the class was wonderful and I was able to learn a lot about digital media. I didn’t even have a Twitter, gmail, or blog before this class started! I feel that I’ve attained useful skills pertaining to digital media and editing software/programs in this class that will help me with my future endeavors academically, professionally, and personally.

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Collage-Constructing Tutorial

This tutorial is for the 3D Magazine Collage design assignment in the DS106 Assignment Bank. This tutorial only shows the steps I took when making the sculpture

What You Need:
-magazines/newspapers, preferably about something that interests you
-glue/Mod Podge (tape, if needed)
-something to use as a base for your sculpture ex: paper mache, construction paper, etc.)

First, you will need to create the base of your sculpture. With mine, I first decided what shape I wanted the sculpture to be, a K for my name, cut out the pieces from construction paper, glued the pieces together and let it dry.
While the sculpture is drying, start flipping through your magazines and other papers and cut out images, words, and articles that go with your theme. Make sure that you have enough to cover the entire sculpture.
Next, use an adhesive like Mod Podge to start collaging your pieces onto the sculpture base. After all of the pieces are glued on, let the sculpture sit to dry.
Finally, upload a photo of your sculpture and a description of why you made it onto your blog post and tag it to the 3D Magazine Collage assignment.
Now you’re finished with the assignment and have a nice piece of art!

Ideas and Collages

In this post, I’ve included the assignment descriptions for two assignments that I have created on the DS106 Assignment Bank website. Both ended up being design assignments, mostly because those have been my favorite assignments to work on.

3D Magazine Collage

Take some of your old magazines and newspapers and create a 2D or 3D collage/sculpture of words and pictures that represent a common theme (ex: color, media subject such as animals or food, things you like, etc.). Explain why you chose your theme and what some of the individual pieces mean to you.
(I want to go back and edit this so someone could only make a 3D sculpture for the assignment, but I think once the assignment is submitted, it can only be edited by faculty.)

What are you selling?

Is there something that you wish existed in the world, but so far it’s only an idea in our head? For this assignment, create a poster advertising a fictional product designed by you. Create the poster by using an editing program like Photoshop or drawing the design and creating a tangible poster. Try answering questions like who the product is for and how will it benefit the person who buys it, in your design.

Creating Daily Creates!

After thinking of ideas for a while, I came up with these guidelines for possible Daily Creates to be implemented on the tdc site in the future. I wanted to create Daily Create ideas in more than one category and hopefully I’ve made them so that they can be completed in 20 minutes or less. I tested them out myself and both ideas worked out well.

1 Shape Picture
(drawing assignment) Create a drawing by using multiples of one type of shape. (all circles, stars, cats, etc.)

What are they thinking?
(photography assignment) Take a photo of something you think has a thing or two on its mind and caption it with their thoughts.

Matthew/Jack Case Closed!

I felt very accomplished this week, especially since the Steadfast Sleuths were able to solve the “You Don’t Know Jack” case. Our case meeting in the middle of the week was particularly enjoyable and our altercation with Shannon Mills was edited particularly well by the persons documenting our cases. Finding Matthew was by far my most enjoyable moment this week, but that is a more personal matter to be discussed at a different time. Because we are around each other fairly often, solving cases together as the Steadfast Sleuths has become more organized and efficient over the past few weeks. With this comment in mind, I wouldn’t change anything about how we solved our case and I did learn more about audio editing and managing posts being updated on multiple blog sites. At the moment, I’m only concerned about the safety of Pluto and Bailey as they’re roaming around the city. I do hope they return home soon! With the final week of noir106 approaching, I’m curious to see how this class plays out in the end.

My Updates:
Update 1
Update 2

Steadfast Sleuth Posts:
Shannon’s Escape
Case Meeting
Emma Helps
Rooftop Audio

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Two Cases, Two Personalities

The second half of this week has been exhausting, fulfilling and exciting, but tiring none the less. On Wednesday, the three Steadfast Sleuths met up to discuss what had happened the previous week such as Sarah’s poisoning and noir-y’s disappearance as well as the news concerning Shannon Mills’ escape from prison. After our meeting, we searched around for more clues concerning the Jack case while staying alert in case Shannon Mills suddenly showed up to make an attempt on Sasha’s life.

On Friday evening, Sarah and I went out to dinner while Sasha caught up on some work at the Steadfast Sleuths office. When we returned to the office after dinner, Emma was there with ice cream, but Sasha wasn’t with her so we became concerned. After talking with Emma, we realized that Sasha was walking into a trap set by Shannon, so we rushed to the rooftop that Emma mentioned, Emma remained at the office, of course, and we had her call the police. When we reached the roof, Sasha was unconscious and tied up while Shannon cornered us and the mysterious person recording our cases. After Shannon explained her plot, she lunged towards me to push me off of the roof, Jack intervened and in the ensuing struggle, Shannon fell off the roof to her death. I still can’t believe what happened next! Jack is Matthew, my lost little brother! Or rather Matthew became/created the personality of Jack after the trauma we endured as children. Thankfully, Matthew’s getting help controlling the more violent Jack personality and is wanting to be called Mack at the present. Also, Jack was the one who took noir-y and the unicorn has been safely returned to the agency. I hope we’ll be able to catch up soon or at least keep in contact if we decide to take different paths. At least we each know that the other is alive and well, that’s the most important thing.

Alright, I’ve just finished conversing with Sarah and our cats have gone missing! They must’ve escaped out of the office window; now we have to find Bailey and Pluto before they get themselves into trouble!

Mills Escaped!

We just found out that Shannon Mills has escaped from prison! The prison guards didn’t realize she was gone for over a week, probably due to the fact that one of the officers helped her in her escape. Sarah and I are worried that she’ll target Sasha again. Hopefully we’ll be able to solve the Jack case before Shannon appears. We are also still looking for noir-y, but no leads are popping up. It seems like we’ve hit a wall, but we’ll find a break in it eventually. Still no new news concerning my brother Matthew, but I’m still searching.

It’s All Coming Together

Finding clues for this week, creating blog posts on the Steadfast Sleuths blog site, and posting case updates on this site have been quite useful ways of spending my time and good ways of organizing the Steadfast Sleuths’ information regarding our current case. I helped with the process of creating the SS blog posts with the * by them and I feel that finding these pieces of information has been greatly helpful to our case about Jack. It has been difficult finding information about Jack since he’s so secretive, but I’m sure we’ll make more headway this coming week. I missed not having to do Daily Creates this week, but our case has kept us pretty busy. My favorite part of this week was investigating at the Multicultural Fair and I learned how to edit the sound of videos in Windows Movie Maker and how to edit sound over pre-existing background noise in videos. The Steadfast Sleuths work on the Jack Case has gone smoothly, especially with finding clues and using our Twitter hashtag #jackjackattack, with for unforeseen complications and I have no questions regarding our case. Hopefully, by the end of next week we will come close to solving the mystery of the identity of Jack and his relation to the ds106 community.

Case Updates
#1 Jack
#2 Fair

Steadfast Sleuth Blog Posts
Poison Tweets*
DKC Mascot
Voice Recordings
Clue Note*
Multicultural Fair*

wide eyed kittySee you next week!

Sleuthing at the Fair! (Case Update #2)

After finding the message in the ITCC earlier this week, Sarah, Sasha, and I went to the Multicultural Fair in order to locate Jack. While we did enjoy the performances and vendors at the fair, our main objective was locating and learning more about Jack. We saw Black during our investigation, so we figured that we were on the right track. Hopefully, our next update will provide us with more clues in solving this case. On another note, the man who said that he knew something about my brother told me that Matthew was alive and has been tracked to this area, so maybe I’ll finally be able to see him again…if this information is accurate of course.

Who is Jack? (Case Update #1)

Tonight was the first night that the Steadfast Sleuths have been able to meet up because Sarah has been poisoned! Sasha, Sarah, and I went out to dinner Saturday evening in Los Angeles. Sarah and I ordered the restaurant’s special while Sasha ordered a salmon salad. Our specials each came with brussel sprouts as a side, which I didn’t end up eating because I am allergic to brussel sprouts. Sarah and Sasha ate their meals while I avoided my brussel sprouts, and afterwards we all spent the night at Sarah’s home. In the middle of the night, Sarah suddenly became violently ill so Sasha and I rushed her to the hospital. In the morning, the doctors told us that the brussel sprouts we had ordered the night before had been poisoned, but the poison was slow-acting so we had brought Sarah to the hospital before she had reached a critical condition. Because this poisoning coincided with the Sleuths accepting the You Don’t Know Jack case makes it highly probable that Jack is behind this. Sarah is now well enough to help Sasha and I with the case so we’ll begin our investigation in the morning after our initial meeting tonight. We will need to be more cautious as we delve further into this case since we know so little about this Jack character and what he is capable of.