Nothing was more Divine than WEEK 9!!!

This week was the unveiling of our radio shows, a few daily creates, and reflections of how we did our book covers differently.  I was ever so glad to show the DS106 class our finally project that my group had created.  The stress of completing this project was a little daunting at first, but after the radio show aired we were quite relieved that everyone loved our show.  I stretched out my work this week to give myself something to do everyday to get me to this point.  I enjoyed the last few weeks as it let me work with a group of individuals I had never seen or worked with before, and I got to work on something I wasn’t entirely happy with before.  I will say these last couple of weeks have been busy even though the workload may not of been as heavy as previous weeks.  Here is my Week 9 summary of all the stuff I did this week down below.

So I found two songs that I thought sounded a lot a like at the beginning of each song Britney Spears Unusual You vs Charli XCX Break The Rules in this daily create you had to find two songs or more that all sound or start off the same.  Here is my mash-up of the two songs I chose here:


My Daily Create from 3/21/2018, This is Carson’s post Apocalypse Checklist.  He likes to nap a lot after all the zombies he had killed during the apocalypse, that and he is mostly drunk so naps seem like the most logical thing to do.

I decided to do the Daily Create on 3-23-2018, I was a day late doing it due to not being home, but I definitely had to weigh in on who rules dogs or cats.  Hands down I will say dogs.  They can be used as service dogs as shown in my photos, are great protectors and if you are longing for a cat they can fill this void as well by sprawling over you with their big bodies.  Now I’m not saying cats don’t help individuals in need as well, but you almost need to be at home to get this comfort from a cat, a dog you can take with you most anywhere.

Radio Show Reflection

I will definitely say that the past few weeks have been exciting being able to work with my group Apocalyptic Airwave.  I feel that 5 complete strangers did make it through the Apocalypse, with the help of each other.  Not only did they help each other during the Apocalypse but these five individuals put together a pretty good show if I say so myself.  It was slow-moving at first….thanks SPRING BREAK…..but once we got our heads together and came up with great ideas we put together these ideas and formulated our show.  We only met a couple of times, but each time was very productive and well worth the time spent bouncing ideas of each other.  I was happy with our overall end product from 5 individuals who had little to know experience in making a radio show.  I enjoyed seeing all the different directions each group had went in comparison to ours.  I had listened to DS106Radio a couple of nights and was quite pleased with all the hard work each group had put into their final products.

World War Z Revision

I decided to revise my book cover by making my book cover an interactive one.  I use GIF’s all the time but I have never made one, so I decided for this new revision of my book cover I would bring the book cover to life, not only using a GIPHY for the background picture, but also a GIPHY for the Text.  Here is my revised work below.  I know you can’t really put this on a hard back book, but maybe this could be used on the digital version of the book.

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I tried to comment a lot this week, I know over Spring break I didn’t comment as much as I had before.   But this week I went through slack started from the bottom of the blog posts and worked my way up trying to comment on quite a few posts.  The posts that I commented on were mostly about our classes radio shows, it was fun to see the direction that everyone had went in the production of their shows. I’m not sure how many comments I threw out there but I know it was way more than the previous week while we were on spring break.



What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalypse? How would you go about obtaining it?

Oreo’s……. I could not live without Oreo’s.



Well I know this would be hard to find but I would give all my money if it even had value during the apocalypse to get me a bag or square package whatever you call it.  If money wouldn’t get me these I would definitely trade my most prized procession that I had at the current time.

World War Z the Revised Cover

So I decided to revised my book cover for the book World War Z  here is my original book cover I had created using GIMP.  If I recall right this was my first picture/project used on GIMP so I was learning as I went and this was the best I could do at the time. I was happy with it but felt it was kind of plain compared to others book covers.  So I figured this was the best work of mine to revise. Here is my original book cover below:

I decided to revise my book cover by making my book cover an interactive one.  I use GIF’s all the time but I have never made one, so I decided for this new revision of my book cover I would bring the book cover to life, not only using a GIPHY for the background picture, but also a GIPHY for the Text.  Here is my revised work below.  I know you can’t really put this on a hard back book, but maybe this could be used on the digital version of the book.

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Here is the link for my new book cover for World War Z.

A crazy Radio night, Girls Guide and The Eagle Report aka (Joey Buckets)!!!!


So I decided to be wild tonight and I stayed up for not just one, but two radio broadcasts on ds106Radio, look at me go!!!! Here are my reflections for “Girls Guide to/for/through the Apocalypse” and “The Eagle Report” stated below:

“Girl’s Guide to/for/through the Apocalypse”

I really enjoyed the format of the whole show.  I like how they broke down places to eat, since Mickey D’s and Chick Fil A won’t be open.  The way they did a question and answer segment on Midwives Advice with their listeners was really creative.  When doing the radio show I wouldn’t of thought to do something like this I felt that they knocked this out of the park.  I missed about 5-10 minutes of the radio show due to putting my kids to sleep.  What I did hear was very upbeat and a good show all around.  The editing of background sounds, transitions and music choice made this show well worth the listen.


The Eagle Report

I liked their reporting style, and how they transitioned to different reporters throughout the radio show.  I feel that there was a strong undertone for chicken references such as Joey Buckets, and Young Gravy the show was good about informing me about %@#@!nucleitide how ever you spell it, but more than anything it made me hungry with all their KFC names for their characters.  Note to self eat before listening to radio broadcasts.  I like how they used actual commercials we hear from day to day on their radio show.  Even though the apocalypse is happening, this doesn’t mean you are allowed to have dandriff in your hair, get yourself some Head and Shoulders.  Overall I feel this group did a good job with their editing and transitioning from one reporter to the next.

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.

No Zombie Tricks this week we made it through week 6!!!!!!

Week 6 Wrapped Up

First off I will thank goodness we survived another week of the apocalypse.  So this week was a fun one for me.  Being able to create my character Carson Gordon,  being able to play around with different design techniques and going for a stroll through downtown Fredericksburg to find design concepts.  With each passing week I feel myself trying to be more creative by enhancing the techniques that we have used or learned the weeks prior.  This week Carson Gordon reached out to other survivors to create a team.  My group consists of Caroline Callahan, (Rachel Harris- “Sarah Thatcher”,) (Taylor Ostrom- “Alex Whitmore”), and (Samara Wong- “Winifred Hart”), and of (course myself- “Carson Gordon”).  Our team being assembled now we are more prepared for THE END.

This week I ended up using the resources or suggestions given to us in the resources page for this week.  I ended up using Canva and GIMP as the main applications for my finished products.  As I am new to both of these programs I ended up either doing the tutorials, googling or asking for help in Slack.  As my products are no masterpieces as of yet, I feel that they are progressively getting better and I have others to thank for getting me caught up to speed.


My Hero Machine Creation

I created the bad ass Carson Gordon on the website Hero Machine.  Carson Gordon Is a prior veteran from the United States Army who has a background in medical.  He is an expert in teaching and practicing life saving techniques and is an expert in shooting shit.  His dog Mufasa looks forward to chewing on some new bones i.e. zombie bones.  I had fun creating this character, even though it took me awhile I was able to finally get the finished product I wanted.  I practically went through each character trait to see what my guy would look like, I guess I was goofing off more than I was working so I guess this is why it took me so long.

Carson Gordon in the Flesh











Daily Creates

 Design Assignments

I choose to do my alternate book cover in a stair step fashion with my text, something different from what I had seen with most of the book covers or movies I looked up for this book.  I completed the Apocalyptic Alternative Book Cover assignment by using the program GIMP which is supposedly similar to Adobe Photoshop, but GIMP was free.  It was a learning process as this program was new to me and I have a lot to learn but below is my revamped World War Z book cover, with the crater on the middle where the zombies were officially eradicated.

World War Z alternate book cover


Hopefully we can find her Hat @Marthas Hat


Destination Post Card Assignment


Responses to others

Jillian Gillman’s character Tala looks as if she is realistic.   Like she just had her photo taken my a cell phone.  I really liked her use of the background to make the photo more realistic. I was having some trouble getting my character to look natural in different settings because I was unable to get the white background off of my character I created in Hero Machine.  After looking at Jillian’s page and looking at Alex in his natural habitat by Daniel Mercado I wanted my character to look as like he was in a natural setting as well.  So I reached out as well as commented on these other sites to get a better understanding of how to impose my character a certain setting.

Question of the Week

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most succesful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

I would say that the most successful group I have been in, is a platoon I was attached to while in the Army.  Each individual had a different job and in order for the group to be successful each member of the team had to do their job, pull their weight to make day to day missions work.  Biggest thing was communication dishing it out or delegating to others or listening to potential issues.  People say communication is one of the biggest keys for success, this is especially true when it comes to the Army or armed forces communication or lack there of can get others hurt.  Being a leader at times, and other times letting others lead makes a person’s sense of purpose seem more worth it.

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 


Learning to be better at Design!!!!


After listening to the talk  by Paula Scher I’ve come to conclusion that you do not need to be a design professional to be successful in design.  I felt like at the beginning she was talking directly to me.  She said that you do not need to know what you are doing to create something wonderful.  Well I sure hope I can create something wonderful with the beginners knowledge I currently have when approaching our design assignments.  When listening to her talk she seemed to focus on working outside the box, this is where your best work will occur.   I loved how she hated a certain font, and she did everything in her power to never use it ever again.   If we step outside our boundaries or our limitations when it comes to design we will end up with better end products.

During David Carson’s I was really amused with all the different pictures of design he had taken over his many years, and his interpretation of them.  He shows that each image has a story to tell and I love how he showed this in the writing of “No Parking” on two different garage doors.  That these doors paint a picture, and each viewer will have a different interpretation.


Contrasting the two talks I feel that Scher’s was more serious and detailed more of her accomplishments, Carson’s was more off the cuff and more entertaining showing design he found in the world.  But I think both talks show us that even though we might not be good at design with some work we can all be design artists only if you love and enjoy doing it.  That design is everywhere and it can have a big impact on those who view it.

I’ve enjoyed using Canva and by going through these tutorials I realize I haven’t even scratched the surface in what I can do within this website. I choose to take the (Art of Alignment, Using Canva Grids, Harnessing Hierarchy, Canva Shortcuts Part 1, Designing with Shapes, Starting with Scale and Brilliant Backgrounds tutorials.)   I chose these tutorials to try to help me enhance my future products.  We were instructed to choose at least 7 tutorials that we were unfamiliar with, I will probably try out most of the tutorials due to my inexperience with this website and inexperience with design concepts. Between Canva and GIMP I definitely have a few extra tools in the toolbox to use.




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.