A little out of place here

Out of Place

Visual Assignment – Who is that and why is he in the Victoria Secret Store?  It’s all a big mystery!

I was wandering around on the Assignment Bank looking for something that I could possibly do with my limited skillset.  I spent sometime trying to figure out how to make a GIF (whatever that is) when I came across this Visual Assignment for editing a photo.  The assignment was to take a picture of a “pop star” and crop the picture and place it within another picture of a place where you would not expect to see them.  And guess what?  Someone had posted a tutorial on how to do this using Microsoft Paint.  I have Microsoft Paint and thanks to @CoutneyRode I might actually be able to do this assignment.  So I set to work following Courtney’s guide.  Since I am not familiar with who the current pop stars are, I chose the iconic Batman for my pop star.  The challenge now was finding a full length view of Batman so he could appear to be standing in the store.  I found one online that was not perfect but it got the job done.  For the location where you would likely not see Batman, I chose the pink lingerie store Victoria’s Secret.  I looked for pictures on Google Images of Victoria Secret and selected the one that had the most pink to give a nice contrast to Batman’s usual black.  Guess now the secret is out, the Dark Knight where’s Pink when he’s off duty.

I am certain there are better examples of this assignment out there, but I am pleased.  With the tutorial this was a low stress assignment for me!


Love from beyond the grave

from the grave

Elizabeth was a happy child and a daddy’s girl. Her father was a botanist who spent many hours outside reading. When Elizabeth was only 11 years old her father died and her mother, who was so distraught at losing him, became an alcoholic. She began to pay little attention to Elizabeth. Elizabeth spent many hours alone in the attic among her father’s belongs just so she could feel close to him. When she was eighteen she was in an old bookstore where she came upon a book written in a bizarre language. The storekeeper told Elizabeth that the book had a rich history connected to witchcraft and that it was apparently a book of spells. Elizabeth remembered seeing a book with the same kind of writing in her attic. She bought the book from the storekeeper and took it home. Elizabeth began rummaging around in the attic until she found the old book stored among her fathers belongings. The book turned out to be a translation guide that enabled Elizabeth to understand what was written in the book of spells. She spent months reading the spells with the help of the translation guide. One day Elizabeth found a spell that said it would join those of the mortal world with those of the grave. Could it be that this spell might bring Elizabeth’s father back from the dead? Elizabeth was afraid, but she missed her father so much, and her mother while living, was lost to Elizabeth too. Bringing her father back might help bring her mother back as well.

Elizabeth followed all the steps required in the spell exactly. She waited until midnight, wore a white dress, and went to the grave of her father. She erected a makeshift cross out of logs and drove it into the ground at the gravesite. She stood directly over her father’s buried remains, and she read the words of the spell. The spell seemed to be working. Elizabeth felt the ground under her feet begin to loosen. Out of the grave rose an arm, Elizabeth was filled with excitement. Her father was actually coming back to life. They would be joined just as the spell had promised. Elizabeth bent over to help pull her father from the grave and his hand clamped around her throat and before she could even scream he began pulling her down into the grave with him. The spell had worked, it did join Elizabeth from the mortal world with her father in the grave.


I wrote this story for my first Assignment from the Assignment Bank.  I chose this writing assignment because it was simple to do from a technology standpoint; which is where I am challenged the most.  The trick was finding a picture that inspired a story.  I chose this grave site photo since it was in keeping with the horror theme for this blog.

Week 1 Summary for Death by DS106

I cannot say it loud enough – – – OMG!  Until this week my online social media was confined to facebook; and even on that I limited myself to viewing and clicking the like button.  That’s because anytime I attempted to make a comment it ended up on the wrong post.  And let’s not even talk about uploading a photo.  So this week has been a very big challenge and I have done the best I could.  I do expect it will improve (hopefully).  So where to start?

What did I learn?  I learned how to make a sound recording and add it to a still image on Windows Live Movie Maker.  I used this for my Youtube Introduction and my Scary Story.  I feel like this is very low tech but it was what I could accomplish in the limited time I had to navigate the technology and come up with something.  Remember I am starting at below grade level (such as from the crypt).

What was harder than expected?  Setting up a Yahoo email account so that I could set up a Flickr account.  Not sure why I kept stumbling on this, but it finally got done.  It was also hard to start so many accounts at one time  and wait for the authorizations and then remember what I needed to go back and do (or where I needed to go back and do it).

What was easier than expected?  Getting a gravatar.  It was also very cool and I like the one I picked.  If you listen to my introduction, you’ll see why.  Just a fun thing all around.

What drove me crazy was writing the scary story and making an attempt at creativity with it’s delivery.  My family finds it has more comedic value than horror.  My three year old grandson was told it was Grandma’s scary story and he replied it was “Mary Scary” ~ big laughs all around.  I don’t mind I have been laughing about it since I did it, but that’s not really in keeping with the horror theme.  My daughter did say she was surprised the brother was dead, so I guess I accomplished a little horror.

The thing that puzzles me still is Twitter . . . there is a lot of chatter going on there and I have no idea what it is about.  Also, I have pondered it but I just can’t figure out where the value lies in it?  And who is following me and why are they following me??  Now that’s got horror written all over it.  My daughter told me to just put #old at the end of all my tweets.

Tags – not really sure what these do?  I have been putting #ds106 wherever I see the box to add Tags, but not sure what it accomplishes.

As for my blog site, please forgive how crude it is . . . I plan to work on sprucing it up next week.  Hopefully I will have more time now that I have a little experience (ha)!

So here’s some embedded data on the work I accomplished:

Some music I played around with on Soundcloud to put with my Gravatar, I think I also shared this on Twitter:

I love this gravatar picture!!!  That’s little old me all week long!

A photo I found on flickr and posted along with a tweet:


My Youtube Introduction:

Not sure why I did it but I put my scary story on Youtube.  And I don’t think I did it under the Gravtar . . . So not good but I did put it in my blog the next day, but here is the Youtube embedded code item.

Give it a listen, I know you will get a chuckle out of it!

Here are a few tweets I made:

So week one – check!  Heading into round two.  Welcome to my nightmare is exactly right.