By Golly I think I Finally Cracked the Code!!!! My Final Project

Here is how it has all gone down over this past 13 weeks. I’ll let you all be the judge:

Samara Wong a member of Apocalyptic Airwave was starting to gather lots of  evidence when all of a sudden her and her group were notified that they had won some kind of “Digital Project Contest”.  


Did they win this contest that no one had really even heard about or signed up for or were they just being played…….



The individuals from Apocalyptic Airwave must have known too much, Reclaim Hosting tried to reach out to this group with a so-called incentive package.  Reclaim Hosting also tried to have the group of Apocalyptic Airwave fill out government forms, “form W-9 and Vendor Registration”.  These forms were not as they seemed.  At first glance they look like forms that are used to claim monetary prizes but in actuality they were used by Reclaim Hosting to find out key information from the members of Apocalyptic Airwave.  These forms asked way to much personal information such as Social Security, full name, full address all for what, to claim $30.00.  The group spoke to each other instantly as something seemed eerily fishy.   Reclaim Hosting was trying to pin point every small detail about this group one because they knew to much and two they were trying to wipe them out one by one.




After seeing the video the other day of Nessie walking through the hall of the HCC building and her somehow pulling some Houdini shit and poof Martha Burtis then appears………

………It got me thinking has Martha been Nessie the whole time and was she playing us and misleading us by using sleight of hand.  Sleight of hand being that she somehow quote on quote “lost” her hat.


So I did some digging to get to the bottom of this.  I ran a facial recognition of Martha’s face against Nessie’s face. But, yet the dots literally weren’t connecting.

So I tried to remember where I had seen this face before, and it dawned on me that I had seen it on a tweet just recently.  It actually was one of the culprits stating the winners of the “Digital Project Contest”.

Jess Reingold is Nessie and this is why.  With 75.4% match through the facial recognition program it’s not the most concise match but clear-cut enough for me.

Jess Reingold a.k.a Nessie has been trying to lure The End 106 class out one by one.  First by asking the supposed 10 apocalyptic questions.  And then sending out notifications to students letting them know they supposedly won something.  Like I said she did this because Samara Wong and her gang Apocalyptic Airwave knew too much.  She did the questions to test the waters seeing what we as a class knew about the inner workings of the so-called apocalypse and tried to wrangle Samara’s group in, so she could report back to the crazed Millard Rausch a.k.a Jim Groom.   Like I said in my evidence post last week, that after exploring Jim Groom’s Social Media account Twitter.  It looks to be that Jim Groom had escaped a mental asylum and is now using Reclaim Hosting as a front to infect those who do not heed his directions.  I know I had stated this before but in all makes sense now.  The explosions that were heard in the Apocalyptic Airwave radio show were actual explosions of   Millard Rausch a.k.a Jim Groom breaking out of the mental asylum.  When he escaped all hell broke loose.  He knew that DS 106 was slowly closing in with our information gathering and that’s why he infected Martha.  She must have stood up to him to protect us.  This is why she has been sick so long, and on top of it all they have been holding her hat ransom to force her into doing as they say.  The only reason she switched spots with Nessie in her beloved HCC 408 green room is because Jess Reingold and Jim Groom wanted us to think Martha was a part of this whole thing.  But instead she has been a pawn to try to throw us off their scent this whole time.

Folk this is my thoughts on this whole “Apocalypse”  I sure I hope I am right for Martha’s sake.

Come One, Come All to Yonkers!!!!

I decided to do the Destination Post Card 3 STARS: Create a destination postcard for a setting from my novel World War Z.   I decided to create this postcard to try to draw individuals to Yonkers, New York.  I painted the picture as if Yonkers is the hot spot to be at.

Realistically this is far from the place anyone would want to be at. The battle of Yonkers was an absolute catastrophe, if any one event can be singled out as the point when zombies officially became the dominant species on the planet, it was Yonkers.  The military with all their technology and high-powered machinery were no match for the hordes and hordes of zombies.  But hey you should travel here anyway, I highly recommend it.

World War Z Book Cover GIFitized!!!


For this assignment Animated GIF Alternative Cover a  5 Star assignment we were to  revisit the apocalyptic novel cover from earlier this semester, but make it an animated GIF this time.  I was unable to make the background of my original cover animated, so I found a clip that included a helicopter, like the helicopter that was in my original alternate book cover.  I chose to go with an animated background as well as animated wording so that way it would draw in the readers attention.  I wanted my GIF to not only be animated by text but also by background.  I made sure to put the text in a way that did not occlude the focus of the GIF which is the helicopter being attacked by zombies. Here is my GIF below I hope you enjoy.



This is my original alternate book cover for my book World War Z.  I was trying to use this as a GIF but I didn’t like how I couldn’t get the background to be interactive.  I know there is probably a way to do this, but I guess I just don’t know how at this point.  Here is my original alternate book cover below:

World War Z…..A MEEMEE!!!

I created this meme for the 2 star visual assignment What’s the Meme?  I created this meme for one of the scenes within the book.  One of the battles the individuals lined up in a firing line, by this time there was a better plan of attack where firing line took turns or shifts, in helping to take out and  stack the bodies of the zombies.  If a person got tired due to exhaustion an individual overseeing their progress would tap them out and replace them with someone with fresh eyes.  I feel that the person in the photo is more than ready to be relieved.


You get A daily create, You get a daily create.

My First Daily Create

My first daily create, that I shared with the class is I wanted the DS106 class to create or use a pre-existing GIF to describe their experience within the DS 106 class.  I chose this GIF to use as my example, because through out this DS 106 we have had to think outside the box and have had to be creative in our end products that we produce.

My Second Daily Create I Made

What is the animal saying if they could talk??  I’ve wondered what our pets or animals are actually saying to us when they bark or meow.  I decided to make this a daily create because I am curious to see what others think their pet/animal is actually saying.



The countdown begins to the Airing of APOCALYPTIC AIRWAVE !!!!!

So the past week was a week of relaxation for me from the hustle and bustle of classes everyday of the week.  Over the past few weeks I have made numerous Daily Creates, a poster for our Radio show, and collaborated with my group Apocalyptic Airwave on our radio show.  So over Spring break my family and I stayed local and that was probably a good thing as it gave my group and I time to formulate our radio show.  I first started off talking to Samara Wong a member of our group bouncing ideas off of her for our Radio Show, as she stayed local as well.  After bouncing ideas off of her, she hit the ground running with the script for our radio show.  After having a majority of it written we ended up meeting during spring break at Hyperion Coffee shop, which if you haven’t been there, their coffee is actually pretty good.  All three of us met up utilized Hyperions free internet and through our google doc Samara created we were all able to collaborate at the same time seeing what each other was writing and building off that.   Meeting up initially with our group even for that one day I thought was pretty productive and only projected us forward in the process of building our radio show.



My daily Create from Tuesday 2/27/2018  I ended up posting both these pictures as you could not see the character or what I was afraid of becoming during the apocalypse in the first tweet.  My character Carson Gordon was afraid of becoming the thing he hated the most a zombie.  He keeps having bad dreams where he has become a zombie, but luckily it was only a bad dream.


My daily create for Wednesday 2/28/2018 I created this picture using the Pictionary word generator.  My two words I got were “rocket” and “arm”.  My drawing isn’t the greatest, but I hope people were able to get the jist of what I was trying to portray here.

My daily create March 3, 2018 4th Rule of Robotics All I know after reading the first 3 Rules of Robotics is that Robots are tired of listening to humans and have decided to do their own thing. Thanks to canva I was able to mark out the other 3 rules and implement a 4th law.


Daily create from March 4, 2018  So I did the Wheel of Fortune Daily create and I was hoping to get some responses or guesses on what people guessed to try and solve the puzzle.  I figured most people would guess wrong, and I wanted to see what they actually thought puzzle was.  The answer to the puzzle is “EAT SHOT AND DIE”, My character Carson would pump a zombie full of BuckSHOT, if they got near.


Daily Create March 12, 2018 Thanks to Snapchat I was able to morph into an animal or an insect in this case.  I was trying to find the dog filter but unfortunately was unable to find it.  So here I am as a dear, with my miniature deer followers.

March 13, 2018 Daily create.  So I ended up creating this last message to my parents using Canva, I hope it made to them before……well you know the apocalypse got to them.  I know out of all 4 of our parents kids that I am the favorite, I mean they haven’t came out and said it, but I know.  I just hope they got this prior to THE END!!!


OUR RADIO SHOW Apocalyptic Airwave


So above is my radio show poster I made for the Apocalyptic Airwave.  The barn will make more sense of why it is in the background once we get to play our radio show.  So getting together with a group of strangers to make a radio show was kind of challeging at times.  These people are people you have only met through slack and not in person, well not until we met for our callaboration.  What made this project the most challaging is that it took place during spring break.  Now you might think this is the best time to get together for a group project, but actually it wasn’t the best time due to many of the other members being away for spring break.  Everyone has busy schedules which also makes it hard to get together at specific times.  Luckily for my group we were able to meet face to face 3 times.  Each one of these meetings/ collaborations were very productive and not much messing around took place.  I think the work ethic of my group was quite supurb as we were not very far in our radio show progress during spring break except for the portion Samara Wong did, but the 3 days we met we knocked out everything we needed to do.  We thought we were behind every other radio show group, after seeing their blog posts of where they were compared to where we were at.  But after seeing their posts this week it seems that we are actually ahead of the other groups as we were able to turn in our finished copy of our radio show a couple of days ago.  Like I stated Samara did a brunt of the writing, and Taylor Ostrom did a fantastic job with the voice overs, that brought our story full circle.  Rachel Harris and Caroline Rose Callahan were big helps in getting the show put together piece by piece through Audacity.  We all didn’t know much about how Audacity worked prior to this project, but I feel that we are Subject Matter Experts at this point, atleast we tell ourselves that.   Caroline Rose Callahan did an amazing job at playing two parts in our story without her being flexible in playing two parts I feel we wouldn’t of got our program together in such a quick manner.  Overall I am proud of my group, and happy with the amount of work each individual contributed to the success of Apocalyptic Airwave.  Hands Down I feel I had the best group of them all.


Question of the Week.

If the apocalypse were to happen, and you had to become something. . .else. Which kind of something would you want to be and why?

A time-traveler with the ability to potentially travel back and forth in time to change the outcome of the apocalypse?

I would chose to be a time traveler because I would be able to bounce back and forth between times to of course try and fix or stop the apocalypse from happening.  I would also use this ability to help myself out.  Like learn from all the mistakes I made throughout life and go back in time and fix them to help my situation or my families situation.  Whats the saying if I only knew then what I know now, something like that.  I would go back in time and invest into apple stocks, or take life lessons I have learned now and incorporate them into my past decisions.  I just think it would be cool to bounce around in general see different eras I’ve never lived in.

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Apocalyptic Airwave-A Story about Five Strangers and a dog!!!

So this week my team “Apocalyptic Airwave” have collaborated through slack to come up with a good plot to share with the ds106 radio listeners.  As spring break has happened over this past week it has been tough for us all to get together due to us all being in different locations. We have still managed to make headway.  I would definitely like to give Samara Wong a shout out for spearheading this project and coming up with some really good ideas.  As we have not been able to physically meet up yet, I feel that each person has been able to contribute which will only help us when we all meet for the first time.  Compared to other teams we may be a slight bit behind, but like I had told Samara, “Pressure usually brings out the best work in individuals” I feel that the couple sessions we do have together will be productive and put us where we need to be.  I like the name for our posters and our general theme .  I can’t wait to collaborate with my group and put out a good product for others to listen to.

Below is the Program poster I created thanks to Canva.

My Interpretation: of the 8 principles of design.

So I figured I could find things around my home, around my neighborhood, my immediate area, but to my luck I couldn’t really find anything to fit the eight concepts.  In my area there are a lot of construction signs but I figured this would be bleh so I chose not to take pictures of these items.  I feel that I hit the design jackpot by going to the downtown portion of Fredericksburg right around the corner from school.  I knew this designblitz would take me some so I waited until today, Friday to complete this.  Here are my photos below.

  1. Balance –  Symmetrical on both halves of the stop sign

  2. Color


  1. Alignment





  1. Color and Space

  2. Proximity 


Carson Gordon saying hello from Siesta Key!!!!!

The Assignment I did was a 3 1/4  star assignment Destination Post Card this is where you had to create a destination postcard using any design software of your choice. I started by choosing an image of a beach from google images you then had to put some words over the image just like a postcard. I personally used the program GIMP for my assignment to create the illusion that my character Carson Gordon was on the sandy beaches of Siesta Key, Florida.  At first I had an issue trying to super impose my character onto the background due to not saving my character from Hero Machine with a transparent background, but with some help from others I was directed to save my character with a transparent background to better use my character in any background setting I wanted.

I went ahead and removed all of Carson Gordon’s extra clothing in hero machine making him a little more cool when at the beach.  I’m starting to get the hang of both the GIMP program and Hero Machine at least I think I am.  Here is my created postcard below.



If you know the whereabouts of Professor Burtis’s hat please contact myself or the HCC department.  Time is of the essence.  If you took it or know who took it no charges will be filed.  All I ask is that you please reunite her with her hat ASAP.  Proudly brought to by Canva.


I used Canva this time instead of GIMP to create my Lost and Found Poster.  I skitched a picture from one of the youtube videos from week five.  I used a preset template for how to get a better six pack and imposed Professor Burtis picture onto the image.  I added some text boxes and whaaalaa you see my lost and found photo for Professor Burtis hat.