James Bond won’t drink his water

A struggling alcohol, James Bond, tries to make the transition into drinking more water.

This was really simple to do. I really wanted to implement the spy theme, and I had a water bottle with me, so the inspiration came pretty easy. I just recorded from my phone on the computer I was using, so it’s not so believable, but gets the point across.

World of Beer intern application

So over the weekend, I worked on a video that conveniently lined up with the requirements of this assignments. The internship is for World of Beer, which hires four interns every year to travel the world over the summer so blog and tweet about their beer-drinking experiences.

Naturally, I felt my calling with this one. Part of the application process is to make a short introduction video for yourself and why you’d be a good fit. So, this is what I came up with. I used Final Cut Pro, which is a great program. I checked out the equipment from the HCC, which was a fairly painless process.

Week 9 Summary

Best of ds106 showcase:

There was so much work to go through. I wish I could have spent more time going through these, or a more organized  way of finding specific assignments, but I feel like there are just so many sites being utilized for this class, it’s easy to get lost in the web and mixed up along the way, especially since everyone’s blogs look very different.

Best of ds106 showcase

Radio reflection:

Radio show reflection


4 1/2 stars


3 1/2 stars

Digital tool tutorial: Canva

Stepworks Story:

Stepworks story: Pulp Fiction

Daily creates:

I love sports, and 1900 was a big year in sports, with the second every modern Olympics. It’s amazing to see the difference between now and then.

Where I saw “escape the internet” I immediately thought of leaving the electronic world, and what better way with a book? I guess I interpreted the word “escape” or “exit” a little differently than everyone else.

Connected Daily Creates:

To be honest, I didn’t think of connected them when I made them, but I came up with something that I think makes sense is is slightly humorous.

Connected Daily Creates

Radio show reflection

The more shows I listen to, the more I realize how different our show was from everyone else’s. I guess that can be a good thing, but it worries me that we were thinking down a completely different path than everyone else.

This is an example of one of those shows, and it was really well done. First, I love the name “Cloak and Dagger,” really fitting into the spy theme. The sounds used and crisp and clear and the first commercial “Ask Nancy” is hilarious.

Daniel has a really easy voice to listen to and sounded very experienced while doing the show. Around the 13 minutes mark, he made a blow sound and rattling of paper, and it was so clear and I felt like I was there.

But, the show did go on for a long time. I wish the other members of the group had talked more early on before I began losing interest. It was hard for me to stay engaged the entire time while listening to one voice for the majority of it.


Best of ds106 showcase

There has been a lot of good work being done so far by the class. It kind of makes me feel bad about my work (not really) but still really good.

This one called “Spy Phone Conversation” by Daniel Hawkins is great. It’s really simple and well done. My only wish is that it was a little bit longer and gave a little more hints as to what it’s talking about, but the aesthetic of it is great. The altered voice is so well done.

This one is HILARIOUS. The Spymate radio commercial is an awesome idea, making it a Farmer’s Only commercial for spies. The kissing sounds in the background were also hilarious, but it took be a little bit to figure out what it was. I would have suggested some cliche “love making music” at the beginning and then transitioning into the kissing sounds, as if a couple were setting the mood and then getting “busy.”

The other one I really liked was the Spy Mashup by Taylor. I attempted a mashup of spy songs earlier in the semester and it was nice to see a mashup that didn’t suck like mine. It was a really well done piece, and I could hardly tell it was mashed up. Nice job.

Spy Mashup

Connected Daily Creates

1900 was a pivotal year in the world of sports, as the second ever modern Olympic games were held, giving a new emphasis to the world of sports. Garnering little media attention, the sports world was an innocent landscape filled with humble athletes:

100 years later and the media has shifted their role in sports to glorify the accomplishments of athletes and put certain athletes on pedestel. Johnny Manziel, for example, was one of those athletes who fell into the trap of media attention and fell into cycle of drinking and partying, a lifestyle he couldn’t escape even after college.

Little did Manziel know, the biggest cure for his rambunctious lifestyle was the escape from the internet and the media. To do this, one simple thing had to be done: pick up a book.

Stepworks story: Pulp Fiction

So I spent HOURS trying to figure out stepworks because it look much more interesting to me, but I don’t think I succeeded in my quest. I definitely made what I wanted and followed the instructions I was given, but the link doesn’t change and it goes back to the original work.


SO, if you want to see what I created, I guess you would have to go to the above script, click options, then the drop down menu of the left, and click on “Enter plain text”

I wanted to do a Stepworks story on  Samuel L. Jackson’s (Jules Winnfield’s) monologue in Pulp Fiction. So once you go to where you can enter the plain text, paste the below passage:

There’s a passage I got memorized.

Ezekiel 25:17.

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness,

for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.

And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers.

And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.”

Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years.

And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass.

You’d be dead right now.

I never gave much thought to what it meant.

I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass.

But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice.

See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man.

And I’m the righteous man.

And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness.

Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd

and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish.

And I’d like that.

But that shit ain’t the truth.

The truth is you’re the weak.

And I’m the tyranny of evil men.

And I’m the tyranny of evil men.

I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.


If you do it right, then you’ll end up with what I came up with, but I probably need to spend more time with it to figure out how it works. The other option is to use Google Sheets, but I found that to be even more confusing and difficult and the tutorial didn’t help much.




Digital tool tutorial: Canva

Canva is bae. Canva is life.

I use Canva for most assignments for this class. It is so easy and simple to use. I’ve even used it to make custom Snapchat filters for events and such.

When you start, Canva gives you options of layouts to choose from, depending on what you’re designing. You can upload any image you want on to the website and alter it in many different ways. The easiest way to use it is to add graphics, cartoons, or other images to one another. It’s not hard to use and is super simple for projects such as the ones for this class.

I use it primarily for adding text to images, such as this one below:

There is a huge array of images you can add and be as creative as you want. Here’s another example, albeit a not as good one:

It’s a 100% free website unless you want to use certain graphics or features, but the surface level is more than enough. You can make very professional looking things, such as calendars and logos, but silly things, such as the one above. When done right, it is a very nice website to boost the look of a company or club. In my opinion, the adding of text features are what set it apart, because there are so many options and opportunities for creative freedom.


I’ve always wondered what people use to make emails that look like this, and now I’m glad I do! To stick with the spy theme, I made an email from the government, warning them that all cameras are watching them. I used the website mentioned in the assignment listing, Vertical Response. It was really easy to use. I wanted to make it intimidating, hence the red and large words. I liked using the flag in the background to give it a patriotic feel.

Week 8 Summary: I hate hearing my own voice

Daily Creates:

I loved doing this one. Used Canva again. For whatever reason, it was really easy to come up with something off of the pictures I could choose from.

This one, I used a photo editing app I have on my phone. Pretty easy.

Radio show progress:

Radio show progress as of 3/14


Radio show progress 3/16


So as of 9:43 p.m. on Friday, March 17, Ahmed has not submitted his portion of the radio show. Here is what our finished sounds like! We posted it on Maria’s soundcloud and it will be on my own soundclound when I can send myself the mp3. But here is the link to Maria’s soundcloud post: