Sleuth Summary 1

This week was a very interesting start to the semester, mostly because of this class. The overall structure and thought process and freedom is so great that you can’t relate it or work on it like any other class. It really stresses creativity and overall management skills, but in a new and interesting way. I can already feel myself getting excited for some of the content I’m going to create, but also content from the rest of the class. I love creativity and humor and there seems to be a lot of it floating around already.

 

The SoundCloud part of this week was interesting and definitely the hardest, just because I had never made a podcast piece of content before. Recording things on the fly are not my strong suit and I tend to get a little long-winded or side tracked, so this will definitely be good practice for planning out talks and sticking to the overall structure of them. My first talk, recording, podcast or whatever you wanna call it is here:

 

Moving to a new topic, I really really really enjoy photography and pictures in general! That is definitely something that I hope I become a little more involved with soon, maybe even through this class. I find myself knowing sort of how to line up shots and such and get a relatively good base image, my trouble comes either in going places worth photographing, or in post production which makes some photos really shine or change the overall feel and look of it. Flickr is a pretty cool place for photographs of any and everything and maybe I’ll find a few people to take some tips from on there! Also investing in a good camera and maybe some software would be worth it in the future if I ever become serious about it. The really cool thing about photography is that it takes you on adventures and to see things you wouldn’t normally see, which is a really cool idea to me. It also gives me a way to reminisce and glorify God and his beautiful planet through artwork and pictures. Here’s a couple pictures I just uploaded:

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Overall, I learned a lot this week in a very short time. I was able to set-up my own website and sub-domain, as well as begin creating with purpose. I learned a lot behind the creative process and what my strengths and weaknesses will be in that process. I’m just overall excited to get into some more work and get to creating more content!

Until next time!

I Spy With My Little Eye…

To everyone whom you ask the question, “Who’s your favorite spy?”, you will most likely receive the answer of either Jason Bourne or James Bond. And rightfully so! Who in their right mind doesn’t love and desire to be the most suave operator to ever exist? Making grown women swoon with a slight smirk and grown men quiver in their boots with a devilishly smooth pistol-whip. Now imagine doing this all while being virtually non-existent, no records, no paperwork, like a ghost making himself known, accomplishing his mission and taking as he desires, and ┬áthen vanishing like a magician in his own smoke bomb. Very suave indeed.

 

However, the answer you will receive from myself when asked the same question, will be very different. “AUSTIN POWERS BABY”, will be very similar in style and tone of my answer. Why? Because why not! Austin Powers has the same smooth moves and devilishly good looks, all the while being devastatingly hilarious and down right clever. Not to mention the fact that he’s British. It’s really a no-brainer at this point. What more do I have to say about this James Bond on comic steroids?

Show Your Work!

I really really liked reading this post. It definitely gives little known perspective into the media and content that so many of us see online or in person on a daily basis. Creators do just that, create. They are the inventors of their own work, or the ones to alternate and change existing work. Creators are the life blood of all new content and are plentiful in the world around us. The creators that really get all the pieces right, and become well-known or influential, are the ones that nail many if not all of the points from this article.

 

I think for me the most important parts of this list were learning how to take a punch, or take criticism, and also to focus on the process and not the product. These two are probably the two things I need to work on the most, as I don’t often take criticism well, especially when delivered harshly. Constructive criticism I can live and work with, but trolls and people that only seek a reaction from a mean comment are not my favorites because I don’t effectively deal with them. In terms of process versus product, my thoughts are very similar to many of my generation: how can I make some product that’s better than someone else’s or gets me more attention. This is a very short-term, product focused mindset and often produces little if any real tangible success that holds its worth. To make a structure last, one needs to first build a solid base. Nobody runs before crawling, nobody builds a pyramid from the top down. The process in creating anything is the basis of success, and should be appreciated as such. Because of many media outlets, instant “fame” can be won by viral videos or something of the sort, but very few happened randomly over night. Often they are the result of many other tried and failed attempts, but eventually one caught on. This creates a feeling of instant gratification that also plagues our generation, and is further proof of how important hard work in the process of creating truly is. Nothing instant ever gratifies very long, because there’s no real substance, effort or thought put into the outcome, it just happened. Therefore people repeatedly keep seeking instant gratification but have no real way of replicating the process that gave results.

 

Learning to be aware of the two previous points, as well as the rest that come along with creation, will definitely aid my creativity and benefit in many more ways than just how to create better content for this class. I always look forward to a good challenge!

 

Here’s the article in case you missed it:

https://medium.com/show-your-work/10-ways-to-share-your-creativity-and-get-discovered-7fb5fdfbc068#.4nli83xtd

 

First Flickrs

Top of the morning. Erm, well it’s 10:40… Guess I should get up earlier. Here’s a couple cool pictures I had laying around from my senior year of high school.

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Guess I should get some more recent pictures since I’ve been in college an entire year and a half now… That’s a goal for today!

Until next time! (Probably later today)

Hello!

Welcome to my blog for DS106!

This will be a place where I share my experiences and assignments while delving through UMW’s Digital Storytelling class. I’m incredibly excited to learn more about webpages and media in general while working in this class! For now, a brief intro seems suitable.

About me – My name is Kevin France and I’m a Sophomore Computer Science major at the University of Mary Washington. I play on the University’s varsity baseball team and am also a volunteer Young Life College leader. I love people, athletics and anything technological or mechanical!